- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
- 0 Shares
Carmelo Anthony reached out to Kristaps Porzingis, the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick, on Saturday after reports surfaced that the Knicks star was unhappy with the organization's decision to select the 19-year-old Latvian.
"It was beautiful that a player of that profile can do something like that. It's great," Porzingis' older brother, Janis, said during an appearance on ESPN 98.7 FM's "The Hahn and Humpty Show."
On Friday night, Anthony wrote on Instagram that Porzingis was "a steal" and that he "can't wait" to see him play.
Shortly after the draft on Thursday night, Anthony expressed displeasure about Phil Jackson's decision to draft Porzingis in a phone conversation with ex-Knick Tim Hardaway Jr., sources confirmed to ESPN.
The conversation was earlier reported by the Daily News.
Janis Porzingis also said his brother has been dealing with a hip injury that has prohibited him from working out in recent days.
The elder Porzingis said it is unclear if Kristaps will be available for the beginning of summer league play, which starts July 11.