Kristaps Porzingis blames immaturity and a personality conflict with Luka Doncic for the failure of their time together with the Mavericks, writes Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News. The Celtics big man made the comments during an appearance on The Old Man and the Three podcast (video link), hosted by J.J. Redick, who was also with the Mavs for part of that time.
Dallas acquired Porzingis in January 2019 after he asked the Knicks for a trade, but he never meshed with Doncic. He played 134 games in his three years with Dallas before being shipped to Washington at the 2022 trade deadline. Porzingis regrets that the experience didn’t work out better.
“It’s a mix of many things. Maturity, for sure. I’m talking about what I could have done better. It’s many things, majority on my part for sure,” he said. “And then I wasn’t that much into analytics and numbers. If somebody I think at that stage of my career presented it to me the right way and said, ‘This is what we need to do, this is what we need from you, you’re going to be way more effective doing this,’ like kind of explaining it to me better, I think that would have made a difference a little bit.”
There’s more from the Southwest Division:
- The Spurs‘ game at Minnesota tonight gave them an up-close look at a team they may want to emulate in the rebuilding process, notes Tom Orsborn of The San Antonio Express-News. The Timberwolves were patient in amassing young talent, and they seem ready to compete with the NBA’s elite teams after a 16-4 start. “You have definitely seen them rebuild by starting over and getting a bunch of young guys together and getting them playing on the same page, and now they are the No. 1 seed and winning a lot,” Tre Jones said. “Memphis was the same way for the past couple of years. They have injuries and a lot of guys out right now, but they were at the bottom of the league and then got a couple of draft picks and got some new guys in there and they started winning a lot.”
- After spending the majority of his rookie season in the G League, Vince Williams Jr. is now taking on most of the Grizzlies‘ toughest defensive assignments, notes Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Williams is hoping to become Memphis’ version of Patrick Beverley, changing games with big plays on defense. “He’s locking up,” Jaren Jackson Jr. said. “He’s being that guy we need to guard the best wings in the game right now. He’s an irritant, and he’s still scoring the ball.”
- If the Pelicans win the in-season tournament, Jose Alvarado doesn’t plan to spend a penny of the $500K cash prize, according to Marc J. Spears of Andscape. Alvarado has already decided it will go into a savings account for his three young daughters.