Knicks' Porzingis doesn’t find peace and quiet on vacation

Knicks' Porzingis doesn’t find peace and quiet on vacation

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Knicks' Porzingis doesn’t find peace and quiet on vacation
Kristaps Porzingis stands out wherever he goes.Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

Kristaps Porzingis stands out wherever he goes.

Kristaps Porzingis spent much of his All-Star break on vacation in the Caribbean, but the rookie needed to return to New York for some peace and quiet.

Porzingis said he was inundated with picture requests during a stay with his family at a hotel, reiterating that it’s difficult for a 7-3 forward to blend in.

“I was thinking I’m going to go there, I’m going to relax, nobody is going to bother me because I’m on vacation. No. That didn’t happen,” he said. “That’s what I’m going to have to deal with for the rest of my life.

“I didn’t have a lot of space. There were a lot of people from New York and I was taking a lot of pictures and there was whenever I walked out there was a lot of autographs, pictures, and I didn’t really get a chance to relax like 100 percent,” he added. “But it was good to spend time with the family.”

Could Porzingis have gone with a crude disguise like sunglasses and a hat?

“Yeah, and cut my legs off (to make me shorter),” he said.

Porzingis, who was deemed untouchable in trade negotiations ahead of Thursday’s deadline, ran right to the gym when he returned home Tuesday.

“I was like, ‘I need to go to my church.’ This is my church,” Porzingis said. “So I came here, got some shots up by myself, moved around. No noise. No nothing.”

The 20-year-old also pledged his loyalty to the Knicks.

“They know I want to be here. I want to be here for the rest of my career,” he said. “So hopefully I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.”

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