Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis on the restart, the team, and more
Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis talks about the NBA’s restart, the team, and more
The Dallas Mavericks are preparing for NBA Disney. No player may be more ready than Kristaps Porzingis. The Unicorn traveled to Latvia during the suspension and continued to get work in. Fans could see the best version yet. Read more about why Porzingis will be unstoppable in Orlando here.
The Mavs are back to mandatory workouts. They are getting after to be ready to get after in Disney. The team will only have individual practices until arriving in Orlando next week. Expect the young Mavericks to find their rhythm quickly during the restart.
KP met with the media for the first time since March on July 3. Here is a look at the highlights from that session.
Kristaps Porzingis discusses the restart, the Dallas Mavericks, and more.
Porzingis on whether he thought about opting out of NBA Orlando.
"“I knew if we had the opportunity to play and the NBA was able to put it all together where it was safe for everybody, there was no doubt in my mind I was going to play and help the team. It was never really a consideration for my part. I was just hoping we would get back to it and finish the season we started."
KP was asked about what it will be like playing without fans in attendance in Orlando. See his response below.
"“I think it is going to be weird honestly. I think a big part of the game and of the whole atmosphere is the fans. They bring the energy. They give us the energy a lot of times. That’s why the home-court advantage is so important. This time it is going to be different. We are all going to have to get used to it… I think the feel is going to be more like a high-intensity, high-level pickup game than an actual NBA game.”"
He also answered about facing the Lakers and Clippers in Orlando. See his response below.
Porzingis talked about his first playoff experience, his knee, and so much more. Fans can watch his entire session below.
The Mavericks are going to play Porzingis more at the five in Orlando. That allows the team the freedom to make him the primary pick and roll partner with Luka Doncic and create maximum spacing by playing three shooters around them. Dallas’ offense will be dangerous. Expect a few new wrinkles thrown in during training camp 2.0 too. No team will be looking forward to facing the Mavericks in the playoffs.
The Smoking Cuban will continue to provide Dallas Mavericks fans with all the news leading up to the restart plus unparalleled analysis on the team, so keep it locked right here.