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Why, at 35 and after a career of success overseas, did Pablo Prigioni want to try the NBA? His passionate answer:
“Many people say, ‘Why are you 35 years old, you have all your career almost done and now you want this?' I think I have something inside of me every year to push me to do something difficult, something to try to make one step more, one step up. Maybe it’s a little step, but it’s one step up. And, me, I feel to step up is to jump to NBA," the Argentinian point guard said. "I do many things in Europe, play many years there, I don’t know, when they come to me with this opportunity, I say, ‘Why not?’ At the end of my career . . . to put all I have to play in the league and help these guys, the Knicks, five minutes on the court, 25 minutes, that’s my way, I will work to play 40, you know? That’s what I am and I will try.”
Prigioni is without question a throwback point guard from a generation before these new jack combo guards who dominate the ball. For Prigioni, the beauty lies in the set-up, not just the finish.
“I think I’m a smart point guard, that’s what I think . . . I’m not the kind of player that wants to score all the time," he said. "I prefer the that the team play good. I feel good when the team play good and teammates like to play with me because I get them the ball and I think about how they got to score.”
Prigioni may be a new face, but on a team loaded with finishers, his style of play could quickly make him very popular in the locker room.