So far, the young gun has been putting in the work necessary to get things rolling. Speaking to the media on Friday, head coach Derek Fisher said that not only is Porzingis consistently the first player to the team's training facility every day, but that he also beats Fisher himself there from time-to-time.
Time will tell what will become strengths and weaknesses for Porzingis once he hits the hardwood, but if one thing is for certain, he'll need to continue bulking up if he wants to muscle up against some of the NBA's other premiere big men down low.
"We've tried to expedite [his weight gain] and he's been very receptive to the work that it takes to become an NBA player; strength training, trying to bulk up and do all those things," Phil Jackson said Friday. "There's only so much we can do."
And while during the offseason, Jackson's own potential projections for Porzingis have ranged everywhere from Pau Gasol to Shawn Bradley, he certainly sees the light at the end of the tunnel for the youngster, especially after seeking out advice from Gasol himself this summer.
"[Gasol] said not to worry about Kristaps' weight. He said he weighed 227 pounds when he came into the NBA. He said Kristaps will grow into his body," Jackson revealed.
"Maturation is its own developer," Jackson said, adding that Porzingis will likely continue to grow over the next five years. He called the young gun "a willing participant" in the process so far.
It's good to see the Knicks taking a slow but steady approach with Porzingis. Fisher added that his draft position (and potentially having to live up to such expectations) is of no concern to the team's brain trust. Hopefully they can continue to exercise such patience as the season goes on.