Kristaps Porzingis is heading back to New York this weekend ready for the start of the Knicks training camp on Monday, but the Latvian still has his mind on the European Championships.
“Next time you see me in a national team jersey I will be completely a different player,” Porzingis said in Latvian to journalist Andrejs Silins.
“I want to say to all fans — this is only the beginning of Latvian basketball,” Porzingis added
The 7ft 3in power forward scored 34 points in Latvia’s last match of the 2017 Eurocup which saw them lose 103-97 to eventual winners Slovenia.
“We wanted to fight for medals. I never thought we would stop right here,’’ Porzingis added after elimination. “It’s a disgusting feeling.”
The Latvian has missed Knicks voluntary workouts over the summer after leaving Manhattan swiftly at the end of last season, skipping the exit interviews.
During his time in Europe he tweeted that his main goal in NBA this year will be making the All-star team.
Elsewhere around Madison Square Garden there is still plenty of talk about Carmelo Anthony with Frank Isola of the New York Daily News suggesting that the New York native could be heading to the Houston Rockets as early as Monday.