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With a simple compliment from Kevin Durant, Kristaps Porzingis was given one of the best nicknames in the NBA.
“He can shoot, he can make the right plays, he can defend, he’s a 7 footer that can shoot all the way out to the 3 point line,” Durant said in early 2016. “That’s rare. And block shots that’s like a unicorn in this league.
“When they made the pick,
I texted [Knicks head coach Derek Fisher] immediately and said ‘I like this kid, he can play.’ A lot of people were down on him, but he can play. He’s a skilled guy and I think we’ve gotten away from enjoying skilled players in this league. We get so many players that are athletic and big and strong, but he’s a skilled player.”
But the Knicks player admitted in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night, when he first heard it, he had no idea what in the world that meant.
“At first I was a little confused. I was like,
what is this?” he said. “A horse with a ponytail? What does it mean? But then they explained it to me. What he tried to say was that I am a unique player. It was nice to hear him say good things about me.”