Kristaps Porzingis loves playing in the Big Apple, but don’t get it misconstrued because he loves winning more than anything.

The Knicks power forward just finished his second season in the NBA, and after the club failed to reach the postseason for the fourth straight year, Porzingis skipped his exit meeting before returning to his native Latvia on Thursday to announce his participation in EuroBasket 2017 this summer.

Kristaps reportedly wasn’t feeling the organization’s dysfunction, but despite bouncing while angry, the 21-year-old said he loves the Big Apple and wants to remain a Knick provided the wins start to follow.

“Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,” Porzingis said. “But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best.”

The Knicks have gone a combine 63-101 over the last two seasons, and although he doesn’t think everything falls on management, he was quick to point out what did.

“This was a situation media did not hesitate to heat up more than it was in reality,” Porzingis said. “I think there was some mistakes from Phil – things he maybe shouldn’t (have) said or written, things that made the situation worse or made him not look good. But at the same time – it’s that kind of business. I understand.”

Porzingis will be a free agent before you know it, and unlike the NFL, the Latvian star will walk if things don’t change.

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