Kristaps Porzingis used to rock cornrows as a kid. It doesn’t look like it’d suit him now as a 20-year-old Knicks rookie.
BOSTON — Kristaps Porzingis had an audience in mind while keeping a fresh set of cornrows as a kid in Latvia.
“I loved the look,” the Knicks rookie said, “and all the girls loved it.”
A video documenting Porzingis’ youth basketball in Latvia began making the rounds Wednesday evening thanks to Knicks blog “Posting and Toasting.” Perhaps the biggest revelation — one that is now screencapped for the world to see — is that Porzingis used to rock cornrows ala Allen Iverson.
“I wore that for like two years,” he explained before Thursday’s preseason finale against the Celtics. “I think like nine to 12 (years old), maybe like 13 even, something like that.”
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If you thought it’d be hard to get a good cornrow braiding in Latvia, think again. Porzingis said he was re-braided almost every week to keep his rows fresh.
“My hair would not look good after a week,” he said. “I remember it was painful.”
No doo-rag, though.
“I don’t think I wore anything.”
Sadly, most good things must come to an end. Porzingis, 20, now maintains a crew cut.
“At one point I was like, (the cornrows) are too much.”
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