Porzingis: ‘The No. 1 goal is the playoffs’

Kristaps Porzingis has made it clear that the New York Knicks should be aiming for the playoffs in the upcoming NBA season. 

The Knicks endured a disappointing 2015/16 campaign as they finished with a 32-50 record, missing out on the playoffs for the third consecutive season. 

Porzingis, though, is determined to see his side snap that streak and be part of the postseason this time around. 

"Obviously, the No. 1 goal is the playoffs this year," he said. "That's where my head is at. I can't be thinking nothing past that. Right now it's the playoffs."

The Knicks have significantly bolstered their line-up for the coming season as they have signed Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Brandon Jennings. 

Rose recently labelled the Knicks as a “Super Team” and Porzingis echoed his team-mates’s sentiments as he believes his side are capable to winning every game they play. 

"I don't know what's a Super Team and what's not a Super Team but what I think he meant was that we're able to win every game," the 21-year-old said. "Not that we're going to win 82 games, zero (losses). But every team that comes up, we're able to beat them because we have enough talent. I think that's what he meant and I like the confidence, I like that he believes that we're good enough. So it's just, now we've got to prove it. It's enough talking and we've got to go out on the court and prove that we're a good team."

The Knicks have been training at their team facility and the gym in Porzingis’ building in Manhattan over the last couple of days.

From what he has seen so far, Porzingis admitted that he has been impressed with Rose and cannot wait to play alongside him when the new season begins. 

"How explosive he is and everything, he's still got it," the Latvia native said. "He's still Derrick Rose. And so it will be exciting to play with him. He draws so much attention when he's driving he's so dangerous that I'm going to be wide open and that's what I'm looking forward to. He's going to be creating for me and other teammates."