Kristaps Porzingis hasn’t played in an NBA game yet, but already his legend is growing. A Latvian rap duo called Transleiteris has written a song about the New York Knicks fourth overall pick called “#Porzingis.”
“I didn’t realize that this song is so popular in New York,” Latvian rapper Edzus Kaukulis said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “It was crazy. We made the song, and we didn’t realize it will go to the United States. But it’s good. I think the fans love it.”
It remains to be seen whether Knicks fans will love Porzingis, whom many see as a 7-1, 210-pound project. Kaukulis, however, has seen Porzingis up close and personal and believes he can succeed in the NBA.
“In Latvia, it’s quite rare (for) a guy to go to the NBA,” he said. “I think this is the third guy from Latvia who will play there in the NBA. So I think he will be a good player. We all – almost 2 million people in Latvia – feel he will be a star there. So there’s a reason why we made a song about him.”
Another Latvian musical duo, Olas, wrote a song about Latvian NHL player Zemgus Girgensons, who was an All-Star in 2015.
“If one Latvian goes to United States and play in NBA or NHL, it means that (a Latvian musical group) will make (a) song about them,” Kaukulis joked.
Kaukulis said hockey is the most popular sport in Latvia but that a lot of people love basketball as well. He added that he hopes to one day perform the song live in New York.
“We have a lot of rap musicians in Latvia,” he said, “but I think now we are the most famous in Latvia because we are the only band in Latvia whose song is played in the United States. Now we are saying we are the most popular group from Latvia in the United States. This is our first hit song, and I think it’s quite good (for the first hit).”