"Yeah I saw it. I don’t know what to say. I guess that’s what Phil does, gets us to work hard and fired up," Porzingis said. "That fired me up. I’m like, 'I’m not Shawn Bradley,' you know?"
[sny-editorial userid="keithbschlosser"]There's no doubt Jackson likes to play mind games and get into his players' heads in hopes of getting them motivated. Some may consider it a type of tough love, but in this case, it seems to have worked with Porzingis.
Like many players, the young gun is perceptive when it comes to Jackson's recent comments. There's a method to his madness. As a winner of 13 NBA championships as a player and coach, any input or analysis from Jackson obviously holds a lot of weight with those around the game, be it those in media or fellow executives and coaches.
With Jackson's suggestion about Porzingis' potential NBA ceiling (or lack thereof) out there, he's now a "critic" for Porzingis to prove wrong in the form of his team President. Sometimes lighting the fire under a player's butt like this can work. It'll be interesting to see if Porzingis responds positively when he gets on the court. The Bradley comparison may follow him, should he prove to struggle early on.
As far as what his position will be, Porzingis said that "for now, I’m a (power forward) for sure because of the defense. I’ve got to be able to hold those (centers). So that’s the main thing. Once I get stronger, I’ll be able to play (center). Offensively, I can play both positions. At (center), I’ll be way quicker than the defender. So I’ll get stronger and gain more weight, if I want to play (center)."