Kristaps Porziņģis, the New York Knicks Power forward/center, is a Latvian stylish basketball player who grew up in a basketball-playing family and was very fortunate to have all the support and help as he needed as he grew in the sports despite his health challenges. His skillfulness in the court earned him the nicknames ‘Zinger’, ‘Godzingis’, etc. He loves to watch soccer games and he has in the past expressed his profound respect and love to two football superstars; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Who Exactly is Kristaps Porziņģis and How Old is He?
Born on 2nd February 1995 in Liepaja, Latvia to a family believed to be a family of basketball. He is a Latvia by nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity. Both of his two older siblings are quite proficient in the game of basketball. His parents most probably, impacted the drill and traits on their kids as they were one time athletes who also played basketball were they dusted their boots.
When growing up and as a kid, Kristaps had a basketball court in the compound which his father had carefully built so his kids could enhance their skills and expertise in the play. At a tender age of six, Kristaps Porziņģis had started playing basketball. He started his career with a local team (BK Liepajas Lauvas) in 2010.
He made his way into Baloncesto Sevilla youth squads after a successful trial. He started feeling fatigued and unable to exercise and so was diagnosed with Anemia, which meant he stayed out for a while to get adequate treatment. He also tried to learn Spanish to enable him to interact with his teammates and coaching staff fluently.
Injuries are an athletes’ worst nightmare but they are also inevitable in sports and cannot be wished away. Kristaps Porziņģis has also been out of a couple of games as a result of knee and leg injuries. In February 2018, Kristaps got injured in his knee when he tore his ACL upon landing on the foot of Giannis Antetokounmpo. He was taken off the pitch as a result of the injury which kept him out of subsequent games.
Salary and Career Earnings
The stylish baller is not a walkover when it comes to the heavy paychecks, following the lucrative $18 million contract which saw him join New York Knicks. The Latvian would earn a yearly salary of about $5 million as a result of the contract which runs till 2019. He also got an endorsement with Adidas in 2016. His actual net worth is not known but he is surely worth millions of dollars.
Kristaps Porziņģis father, Talis, played basketball semi-professionally with the Soviet Union in his youth before he packed up his bag to become a bus commuter, in order to fend adequately for his family. His mother, Ingrīda, on the other hand, played for the various Latvian national youth teams before serving in different capacities as a coach to basketball teams.
His brother, Janis, is an equally talented player and had an impressive 14 years of remarkable basketball playing in several European countries while also playing briefly for the Latvia National Team. Kristaps once affirmed that the reason behind his choice of jersey number 6 was in honor of his brother, whom he admires a lot. His other brother, Martins, also played basketball professionally.
Kristaps once had another brother named Tom who died just when he was 14 months old, a development that left the family quite sad, though they have put the event behind them for good.
Does He Have a Girlfriend?
Kristaps Porziņģis was once rumoured to have been dating an American actress and model, Abigail Ratchford. No other stories have been heard to back up or refute the rumour. However, another online source has pointed another social media influencer, known as Bambi on Instagram as one of the ladies that Kristaps has had something with in the past. The Latvian starlet seems to be paying serious attention to his basketball career and little or no attention to the ladies.
Height is one sure advantage that players can have in the game of basketball, and Kristaps Porziņģis, the Zinger is not lacking in it as he is one of the tallest in the NBA. He stands about 7 feet 3 inches and neatly supported by 109 kg weight.