KP no longer showcasing, now playing to win

If you play with me in a pickup game you may here me yell "oh baby, workout son!" "Do you!" or even if someone is just playing with someone "showcase baby!"  Showcasing, the ultimate disrespect for your opponent in a men's league, is basically when you start showing your moves to scouts in the crowd who aren't there. Making moves to show how good you are.  Stepping back to the right to shoot a fadeaway when you could've drove all the way to the hoop. Hitting your man with a hesi double cross when you could've just shot the ball on the first move. 

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During Kristaps Porzingis' first two years in the league, too many times he fell prey to the seductive mistress known as showcasing. He would start hot from downtown and then launch another three to try to get MSG to erupt with the shouts and murmurs that said "wow I can't believe how good this guy is! And he's seven threeeeeeee!"  But this year there's been a change in KP. He no longer needs to prove that he's good.  He knows it. 

Late in the game against the Denver Nuggets KP received the ball on the left wing with a much shorter defender on him. Last year he would've gone to the fadeaway or even inside pivoted and tried a crossover dribble. This time he took three power dribbles, turned, and shot. Clink, clank, clunk, IN. Knicks win.