The Los Angeles Lakers hosted Kristaps Porzingis for a private workout before the 2015 NBA Draft but applied an old school structure in which it was “essentially a challenge of his manhood rather than a validation of his gifts.”
The Lakers wanted to test the physicality of Porzingis and his “bigness” in that workout. Mark Madsen, notorious for physical play in his NBA career, was pushed on Porzingis in the workout.
Byron Scott kidded Lakers’ staffers that he better get an extension on his contract if the Lakers decided to draft Porzingis and wait for him to grow.
Andy Miller, agent for Porzingis, did not expect or approve of a workout with so much physicality.
The Lakers then locked in on D’Angelo Russell following the results of the workout and Porzingis fell to the New York Knicks at No. 4.
“The Lakers are a great organization,” Porzingis said late Sunday night of his favorite team growing up. “But I’m happy where I am.”