Knicks broadcasters caught on hot mic ripping Kristaps Porzingis

The New York Knicks have plans to build their franchise around power forward Kristaps Porzingis, but not everyone is thrilled about his recent play.

Porzingis left Sunday's preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a sore hip, but MSG broadcasters Alan Hahn and Wally Szczerbiak were more interested in the big man's poor plus-minus than his injury. The two were caught on a hot mic sharply criticizing the 22-year-old rising star during a commercial break.

"The other thing you could do is just kill Porzingis for being minus-20 in 16 minutes," Hahn said to Szczerbiak, according to a video posted to Twitter. "Dude, like come on, man. You’re a star. This is what you're doing? You're just out there? [He's got] a lot to learn."

"Minus-20 — for him, he should never let his team...," Szczerbiak responded before the feed returned to a commercial.

It seemed as though Hahn and Szczerbiak made the comments while planning out the next segment of the broadcast, Szczerbiak made a point about Porzingis' plus-minus once the play resumed. But regardless of the purpose of the remarks, the optics were bad.

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Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Kristaps Porzingis (SPN) reacts after being selected as the number four overall pick to the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2015; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during media day at NY Knicks practice facility. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2015; New York, NY, USA;New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel (4) in the 2nd half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won 99-87. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) gets a rebound during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
March 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson (33) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball against New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) takes a shot over Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) Boston Celtics during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after hitting a three-point shot during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates winning the skills challenge during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu (8) during the first half of the game at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) look on the bench during game against Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) locks arms with teammates during the national anthem before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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While Porzingis has professed his love for playing in New York in the past, his tenure with the Knicks has been a rocky one. Fans booed when they heard his name called as the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft and he skipped his exit meeting following last season leading to criticism from then-team president Phil Jackson.

The last thing the team needs is another reason for Porzingis to feel uncomfortable playing in Madison Squade Garden, especially with his rookie extension deadline coming in just over a year.

Porzingis scored six points and blocked three shots before exiting the game. Despite outproducing Brooklyn by more than 10 wins last season, the Knicks lost the game 117-83.

The Knicks will play their next preseason game on Monday against the Houston Rockets. Their regular season opener is set for Thursday, October 19 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

You can listen to the hot mic audio for yourself below:

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