Last night, the New York Knicks played the Dallas Mavericks and it was the perfect opportunity for young Knick, Kristaps Porzingis to show his idol Dirk Nowitzki what he had been learning.
In the fourth quarter of the game, Porzingis pulled out a signature Dirk Nowitzki move with the one legged fadeaway jumper right in front of him.
And apparently, he made sure Dirk was watching.
“He was staring me down. That was cold-blooded,” Nowitzki who was watching the game from the bench due to an Achilles injury said.
After the game, Nowitzki had nothing but praise for the youngster. “He’s not only a 7-footer but he is like 7’4 out there with an 8’5 wingspan. He’s got an incredible touch. He can move. He can dribble. He can put it on the floor more now. He is going to be a great player in this league for a long, long time.”
“I am a huge fan of his game. Obviously the sky is the limit for him,” Nowitzki said. “He’s got the deep ball. He’s got the in-between game. He is working on his post-ups. He is the real deal.”
The 21-year-old Porzingis has mentioned Nowitzki as a player who inspired him when he was younger growing up in Latvia.