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Kristaps Porzingis Provides Knicks a Lift

Greg Gerkens

A special education teacher with a wealth of experience in various Long Island, New York, school districts, Greg Gerkens is committed to providing high-quality education to students with learning disabilities. In his leisure time, Greg Gerkens avidly supports regional professional sports teams, including the Knicks.

Despite finishing 13th in the NBA's Eastern Conference in 2015-16 with a record of 32-50, the season wasn't all bad for the Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis, the franchise’s 2015 first-round draft pick, provided the Knicks with energy and hope for the future.

Few fans were initially thrilled with the Knicks taking the 7-foot-3-inch, 240-pound power forward as the fourth overall pick in the draft; in fact, an infamous scene from draft night showed a heartbroken child crying and booing Porzingis as the pick. Since then, however, Porzingis has been embraced by fans thanks to his impressive rookie season, which earned him a spot on the NBA's All-Rookie team.

As for the child who cried on draft night, he's now Porzingis' biggest fan and even got to play a one-on-one game against his favorite Knick.


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