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Knicks’ Porzingis on track for February reassessment, unclear if he’ll play this season
By ADAM ZAGORIAKristaps Porzingis is on track for a mid-February reassessment of his ACL recovery, but the Knicks don’t know if he’ll play at all this season.
“No, we don’t know yet,” Knicks President Steve Mills told Alan Hahn of the MSG Network Friday night. “Kristaps has made good progress from a medical perspective. The MRI was a good MRI. Physically, he was examined by the doctors….And he’s making good progress so we feel good that he’s making steps.”
The 7-foot-3 Porzingis tore his left ACL on Feb. 6, so this Feburary will mark one year since the injury. Mills said he saw Porzingis on Thursday doing three-quarter court sprints, along with dunks and 3-point shots.
“He’s advanced to doing some work on the court with our coaching staff and we’ll do another series of tests sometime in mid-February,” Mills said.
During training camp in September, Porzingis said: “I’m hungry and I want to be back on the court as soon as possible. It’s been a long process. I’m getting itchy and I want to be back on the court as soon as possible. But it won’t happen until I’m 110 percent and medically cleared.”
He added: “Timetable, there’s no timetable yet. We’re moving forward and progressing every day. Whenever I’m ready, I’m going to be back.”
When I asked Porzingis if it was possible he could miss the entire season if he didn’t feel ready to return, he didn’t rule it out.
“It’s really hard to say, there’s no timetable,” he said. “I’m going to be back when I’m healthy and medically cleared, and whenever that is, that’s what’s going to happen.”
Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 48 games last season.
Without him, the Knicks are 9-24 and have the NBA’s fifth-worst record.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.