After some fans questioned his selection on draft night, Kristaps Porzingis saw all of his hard work pay off in his rookie season.
The new Knicks star was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie team.
Here’s five ways Porzingis turned those boos into cheers with some quotes on just how he did it:
1. Knew he had to work hard
“I have to do everything that’s in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping fans.”
2. Prepared for the big stage
“I’m ready for it.”
3. Loved his team and teammates
“The Knicks are the best organization in the NBA.”
4. Appreciated his chance to play
“For me, it’s a dream come true to play for the Knicks.”
5. Played with his heart
“As a young guy, I’ve got to bring energy.”