Sources say the forward, traded last week by the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks, wanted out because he didn’t like the direction of the team. The Knicks’ feelings toward Porzingis must be mutual, as during Sunday’s telecast of their 96-84 home loss to the Grizzlies, the team’s in-house TV network aired a graphic of Porzingis’ highlights in his 3 ½ seasons with the Knicks. Three of the four highlights listed included “Skipped exit meeting,” “Tore ACL” and “Played 186 of his possible 296 career games with New York.” Perhaps Porzingis’ note, posted early Sunday on Instagram to Knicks fans about the team, could apply to its media arm as well: “The city deserves better than that.”
The leader of the nation says he wouldn’t steer son Barron toward football, saying it’s “a dangerous sport,” but also wouldn’t stand in the way if the soccer-playing 12-year-old wanted to put on pads. The NFL fan told CBS’ “Face the Nation” in an interview taped before the Super Bowl that football is “really tough.” He says equipment, including helmets, has improved, “but it hasn’t solved the problem.” As for Barron playing, the president calls it a “very tough question.” “If he wanted to? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn’t.” The president says many people, “including me, thought soccer would probably never make it in this country, but it really is moving forward rapidly.”
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