New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis has been a media darling early on in this 2015-2016 NBA season, and for good reason. The man once rocked cornrows because of his now-teammate Carmelo Anthony, listens to Future and has played extraordinarily well.

But like all NBA rookies, their official "welcome to the NBA" moment is lurking around every corner. They don't know when it's going to strike, but it's a rite of passage that all rookies must go through to become NBA men. For Porzingis, Dwight Howard baptized him with his moment tonight.

In the fourth quarter, Howard caught an alley-oop and threw it down all over Porzingis' life as the seven-foot rookie tried to jump with Howard for a possible block. That idea ended very quickly, and by the time Howard throws down his dunk, Porzingis has his back turned to him like he'd realized his dire mistake.

But chin up, KP. It's happened to the best of us. Just ask Brandon Knight, and he's doing just fine.

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[Via Zach Harper]