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Kristaps Porzingis Joins adidas Basketball

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It’s official! New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis has joined adidas Basketball and will be lacing up the Crazy Explosive in a variety of colorways for the 2016-17 NBA season. If the Andrew Wiggins PEs are any sign, Porzingis should have a PE in no time. This is only the second year in the NBA for the 7′ 3″ Latvian.

“I’m happy to be here and it just felt right to be with adidas. There’s a lot of excitement right now, and I feel like it’s the right fit for me,” said Kristaps Porzingis. “A city like New York is hungry for success in basketball, and I believe adidas will help take my game to the next level. I’m a unique player and adidas is a unique brand. I’m just excited to join the family.”

According to adidas, the Knicks’ second-year forward joins the adidas Basketball roster that includes the 2016 WNBA Finals MVP Candace Parker and NBA All-Stars James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry, and the 2015 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins. The adidas roster just gets more and more stacked, especially when you factor in adidas’ Class of 2016 which features five of the NBA’s most sought-after draft prospects: Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray, Dragan Bender, and Kris Dunn.

“There has never been a player in the league like Kristaps and his love for basketball culture speaks volumes,” said Michael Ladinig, adidas Sr. Director Sports Marketing. “He’s changing how the game is played and is an ideal ambassador for adidas as we continue to evolve on and off the court. Kristaps joining team adidas will show fans in New York and worldwide what the next generation of adidas Basketball is all about. We can’t wait to build the future together.”

Player Profile:

Kristaps Porzingis
The Latvia native rewrote NBA record books by becoming the first rookie in league history to post more than 1,000 points, 75 three-pointers, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks. Kristaps utilized a seven-foot-three wingspan and dominance in the paint with smooth ball handling, sharp-shooting beyond the arc and poster throwdowns on his way to recording 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. He also finished eighth in the league in blocks and earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors. Prior to being selected by the New York Knicks at No. 4 in the 2015 NBA Draft, Kristaps played with Baloncesto Sevilla, in Spain where he laid the groundwork for his professional career. He takes a family-first approach and exudes a passion for building the game of basketball in his home country of Latvia.

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Source: adidas

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