Ex-Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who had a strong relationship with Kristaps Porzingis during their time together in New York, believes Porzingis will thrive with the Dallas Mavericks.
"I think Kristaps has been able to move on. I think he's going to be happy in Dallas. He works for a passionate owner in Mark Cuban. Rick Carlisle is an amazing basketball coach. And they have kind of a culture there that's been established for a while… so I think Kris will be fine," Fisher, the current coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
"I think the Knicks, even though the wins aren't coming, they're starting to lay the foundation and the groundwork for becoming successful again. And that's what we were trying to do during my time there. It doesn't always work out. You can second-guess it after the fact. But in some situations it's best for parties to move and separate and I think for Kristaps and for the Knicks it probably was best."
PELLE PLAYS WELL IN FRONT OF EXECS
Norvel Pelle, who had a strong season with G League's Delaware 87ers, played well in front of around 20 NBA execs on Thursday night at the annual RBA Showcase at Basketball City. Pelle, a 6-11 C/F, impressed some evaluators in attendance. He averaged 11 points, 8.6 rebounds and three blocks in 23 minutes per game last season.
WHITE PLAINS HOOPS FUNDRAISER
The White Plains men's basketball team will host a golf outing at the Saxton Woods Golf Course on Sept. 9 to benefit the program. Those interested should contact the SLM Hoop non-profit organization. The Tigers are expected to return their entire roster from last season, including four all-league players.