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Queens, NY – Only time will tell whether Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis, selected by the Knicks at last Thursday’s NBA Draft held at the Barclays Center, will work out.

Unfortunately for the Knicks they had the fourth pick in a draft which appeared to have only three almost-certain high impact players: University of Kentucky center/forward Karl-Anthony Towns, Duke center Jahlil Okafor, and Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell.

This was Knicks president Phil Jackson’s first draft and he was understandably under a lot of scrutiny. Jackson knew that he was behind the proverbial eight-ball even before Thursday’s proceedings because he had no luck in last month’s draft lottery that determined order of teams picking players.

The ping-pong balls worked against the Knicks who in the old days would have had the second pick based on their putrid 17-65 record last season. Jackson decided to roll the dice by selecting Porzingis, a 19 year-old who had played professionally in Seville, Spain and had reminded many of a young Dirk Nowitzki.

The Knicks fans at the Barclays Center lustily booed upon hearing the selection. Porzingis, who speaks better English than a lot of Americans, displayed a lot of poise by taking it in stride. He told the media in the interview room that he understood that NBA fans were far more familiar with college hoops stars thanks to American television than they were with European pros.

The big concern for fans is whether the rail-thin Porzingis is ready to be a major contributor to the Knicks. The media quickly had a field day because apparently team superstar Carmelo Anthony has his doubts about his ability to improve the Knicks immediately. Melo may be right but given the current state of the Knicks it would be absurd to expect the team to be a serious contender for an NBA title next season.

Phil Jackson can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that a longtime habitue of Madison Square Garden’s Celebrity Row, actor Steve Schirripa who played Bobby Baccala on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” and recently launched his own line of pasta sauces, “Uncle Steve’s,” is impressed with Porzingis’s height and talent. It’s always a smart idea to please a cast member of “The Sopranos!”

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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