Now that phil jackson is out of New York, franchise player Kristaps Porzingis has a new attitude. In an interview with NBA.com reported by ESPN, Porzingis has referred to New York as "home." It comes after a rollercoaster of emotions that dates to the end of the season. Now, Porzingis looks to stay a Knick for a long period.

Jackson the reason for change of attitude

Porzingis skipped his exit meeting at the end of the season.

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That decision angered Jackson so much that at one point Jackson mentioned that Porzingis was on the trade block. Porzingis turned 22 years old on Wednesday and averaged 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds last season. He was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and has blossomed into a potential superstar that has been compared to Dirk Nowitzki.

Jackson and Porzingis obviously did not get along. Jackson had resigned before the offseason began.

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With Jackson gone, Porzingis seems to have a new attitude about the franchise. The Knicks never made the postseason with Jackson running the show. With the change of scenery, there seems to be a change of motivation.

Porzingis hopes Carmelo Anthony stays

Anthony has been subjected to trade rumors all offseason. It was recently reported that Anthony has his sights solely on being a Houston Rocket this upcoming season.

However, in the interview, Porzingis told NBA.com that he is a great player and would love to have him around. He said it was out of his hands, but hopes that Anthony remains a Knick.

The likelihood of that happening is unlikely. Anthony wants to play with Chris Paul and James Harden next season and compete for a championship. Porzingis has a couple of years before the Knicks are relevant as the team is going to be going through a rebuild.

Other comments

Porzingis did not address the reason why he skipped the exit interview. Other sources said that it was because he was frustrated with the direction of the team. Porzingis also made a comment that he envisions bringing a championship to New York. He understands that it will be a hard process, but hopes that he can be a piece that makes it happen.

The Knicks will have quite some time to do that.

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The core is currently Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, and Frank Ntilikina. That core could expand if the team can get a few younger players in a deal with Anthony. President Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry have said that they want to get more young players.

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