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Tingus Pingus

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Tingus Pingus is a nickname of NBA player Kristaps Porzingis inspired by a viral video of actor and comedian Michael Rapaport calling him "Tingus Pingus" as he reacted with anger at the New York Knicks drafting Porzingis with the fourth pick in the 2015 draft. Porzingis went on to be a solid player in the NBA, and the nickname "Tingus Pingus" is usually brought up when Porzingis has a solid game.


On June 25th, 2015, the New York Knicks selected Latvian-born basketball player Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft. Porzingis had only played internationally at that point in his life, and the pick was widely disliked by Knicks fans who wanted a more promising player.[1] That day, Michael Rapaport posted a video in which he did an impression of actor Danny Aiello expressing his displeasure at the pick, exclaiming, "Who the fuck is Tingus Pingus? I never heard of fuckin Lat-ee-via!"

It's unclear where the video was first posted, and Rapaport[2] posted a similar video that day on Twitter / X, but the earliest extant video featuring the "Tingus Pingus" line was posted to YouTube on November 18th, 2015, by YouTuber Lettmon, gaining over 1.1 million views in nearly nine years (shown below).


Over the following years, the nickname "Tingus Pingus" stuck with Porzingis as he emerged as a star basketball player. On February 3rd, 2019, the name "Tingus Pingus"[3] was added to Urban Dictionary (shown below).

Tingus Pingus f Michael Rappaports creation of Kristaps Porzingus. He is one of the tallest NBA players and is a great person to know in the bedroom. Big forehead, Big meat "What the f--- did they do, who the f--- is this, Who the f--- is Tingus Pingus, I've never heard of a f------ Lativiva, you stupid mother f------ you!" by Tingus February 3, 2019

On November 25th, 2021, a Redditor posted a "Pingus" meme in the /r/mavericks[4] subreddit about Porzingis, gaining over 400 points in nearly three years (shown below).

naz @Nazxca There is only one thing girls want, and it starts with a P and ends in a S. 7:43 PM 25 Jul 21 Twitter for Android

On May 12th, 2024, TikTok user cropduster88[5] posted a montage of Porzingis highlights including the "Tingus Pingus" video, gaining over 544,000 likes in one month (seen below).

@cropduster88 Tingus Pingus New York Knicks legend. #nba #nbamix #edit #celtics #knicks #wizards #mavericks #foryou #fyp ♬ original sound – Pablo

On June 6th, 2024, Porzingis had an excellent Game 1 of the NBA Finals, his first game back from injury in over a month, leading to a surge in Tingus Pingus memes. In celebration, Michael Rapaport reposted the video, gaining over 30 retweets and 190 likes in one day (shown below).

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[1] New York Post – Why Knicks fans at draft booed Porzingis pick

[2] Twitter – MichaelRapaport

[3] Urban Dictionary – Tingus Pingus

[4] Reddit – /r/Mavericks

[5] TikTok – cropduster88

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