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Melo Says Kristaps Porzingis' Love of Braids Brought Them Together

If Kristaps Porzingis turns into the star we all believe he’ll become and the Knicks win a championship, New York fans will able to thank Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony for the parade.

Who knew that the Anthony from far back as Syracuse would have a lasting impression on Porzingis?

Porzingis is averaging 14 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.95 blocks per game, and a huge part of that stems from how comfortable Carmelo has made him feel.

According to a Sports Illustrated piece by the great Lee Jenkins, a summertime conversation between Anthony and Porzingis revealed the glue to their new bond.

One summer day Anthony and Porzingis worked out together, then sat on the basket stanchion and talked. “Can you show me that move you just did?” Porzingis asked. Anthony was impressed. In the fall Anthony and Porzingis chatted again, and Porzingis told him about the cornrows. “After that I was like, ‘All right, O.K., I’m riding with you from now on,'” Anthony laughs. “The kid has an aura about him.”

Who could have known?

-- Glenn Erby

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