'The Simpsons' Spares the Knicks – Thanks to Kristaps Porzingis

The Latvian sensation has become the Prince of New York...and saved his team from becoming the butt of a joke in Springfield

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Prince Porzingis: Kristaps is the King of New York. David Blair/ZUMA/Corbis

The New York Knicks aren't exactly good again, but they have reclaimed some of their old swagger – and it's all thanks to Kristaps Porzingis.

With the rookie sensation dunking on fools and hitting 3-pointers like he's the second coming of Stephen Curry, the revitalized Knicks look like they can remain in contention for a playoff spot in the East. And as such, they've managed to avoid becoming a punch line – not just in the NBA, but in popular culture as well. That's what the Philadelphia 76ers are for.

Case in point, in the opening moments of Sunday night's episode of The Simpsons, the show took a swipe at the Sixers. Superintendent Chalmers is looking to buy some sunscreen at the Kwik-E-Mart, but thanks to parade-day prices, the tube will cost him $30. Or, as Apu informs him, he could cover his head with a 76ers cap for free. A mortified Chalmers quickly forks over the loot. That's how bad things are in Philly.

Originally, though, it was supposed to be a Knicks logo on that cap. But as Simpsons writer Michael Price revealed on Twitter, the decision was made to change it at the last moment – thanks entirely to the presence of Porzingis. After all, has anyone on the 76ers had a Latvian rap song made in their honor? Didn't think so. And until they do, the Knicks will be way cooler.

It might not be an NBA Championship, New York, but it's almost just as sweet.

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