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Kristaps Porzingis brother wanted a bigger role with Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis brother wanted a bigger role with Knicks
Published On: Wed, Feb 06
Apr 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) on the sidelines during a time out during the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is off to a flying start in dealing with Janis Porzingis, Kristaps Porzingisa€™ influential brother/agent who paved the way for his departure from New York.

During Mondaya€™s introductory press conference here, Carlisle gave a shout-out to Janis and Porzingisa€™ personal physiotherapist from the Spanish League, Manolo Valdivieso, who has lived with Kristaps in New York the past two seasons.

Valdivieso was at the Mavericksa€™ practice facility Tuesday as Porzingis went to work out in the weight room, already getting access. Carlisle revealed he had a two-hour meeting with Janis on Sunday and called him part of a€œour team.a€™a€™

Janis, who had a modest European playing career, wanted to be a bigger part of the Knicksa€™ team, too. According to sources, Janis asked for jobs for some members of Porzingisa€™ entourage. But nothing ever materialized.

Ita€™s not uncommon for these type of jobs to be granted to a teama€™s superstar. When Carmelo Anthony was a Knick, Asani Swann was on the Knicks payroll with an official position, director of player relations. Swann was Anthonya€™s longtime branding manager and worked solely with Anthony.

Amare Stoudemirea€™s security man, Max Cayard, was named to the Knicks security staff soon after Stoudemire signed. When Anthony and Stoudemire moved on, so did Swann and Cayard.

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