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Kristaps Porzingis trade left Kevin Knox with mentorship void

Kristaps Porzingis trade left Kevin Knox with mentorship void
Published On: Mon, Feb 11
Dec 23, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster wasna€™t cheered by all, especially not by rookie Kevin Knox.

It was a double whammy for Knox. The Knicks lottery pick saw a bright future with Porzingis as a forward tandem. And in the short term, Knox lost his top mentor, veteran Courtney Lee, who had taken the 19-year-old under his wing.

a€œHe was the guy I talked to all the time for advice,a€™a€™ Knox told The Post. a€œHe was the person I talked to if I needed help with anything on the court or off the court. Ita€™s hard to see him go. We talked a lot. He gave me a lot of information.a€

Ita€™s been a roller-coaster rookie year for Knox, who is averaging 12.6 points per game but appears to be hitting the rookie wall, although Knox responded with one of his strongest outings of the last two weeks against Toronto on Saturday with 20 points, making 4-of-9 3-pointers.

a€œ[Lee] said to stay in touch, that wea€™ll work out over the summer, keep working hard and the sky is the limit for what I can do,a€ Knox said.

Even if Porzingis didna€™t travel to road games and never was cleared for practice, Knox said the 7-foot-3 Latvian made an impact on him.

After Knox was taken ninth in last Junea€™s draft, Porzingis Facetimed him that night from Spain a€” a development president Steve Mills found encouraging. It was fleeting, however.

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