Adi Joseph: No mention of Kristaps Porzingis as an injured All-Star. He isn’t in attendance.
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Kristaps Porzingis: First of all I want to thank you for all the love and support. Im attacking my rehab right away. I truly believe that with consistent hard work, patience and positive attitude I’ll come back stronger, better and sharper than ever. Much love ❤️🔶🔷🇱🇻
The Knicks offered no timetable for the 7-3 Latvian’s return. They may do so after he begins his rehab process, which will come shortly. Sources indicated that nine to 10 months is a ballpark figure, which would have him making his 2018-19 debut in December and before Christmas. Porzingis will no doubt miss the start of the regular season.
Ian Begley: It’s too early to know a specific timetable for Kristaps Porzingis’ recovery since he hasn’t started the rehab process yet. The expectation, at this point, is that Porzingis will be out for at least 10 months following ACL surgery today, per ESPN sources.
Ian Begley: Jeff Hornacek talks about Kristaps Porzingis’ approach to rehab ahead of his ACL surgery today. “He’s a kid who wants to be one of the best so he’s going to work hard to get back.” pic.twitter.com/Eos0zdvVsS
Kristaps Porzingis still wants to somehow be part of All-Star Weekend, even if he’s on crutches in New York next Sunday. As hokey as it might sound, Porzingis is sending boxes of his new “Zing Bars” special delivery to Los Angeles to distribute to his Team LeBron teammates. “I won’t be playing this year, but wanted to send a little ZING to my fellow All-Stars to let them know I will be there in spirit,” Porzingis said in a statement.
Porzingis was also prepared to defend his Skills Challenge crown Saturday and will be replaced by Detroit center Andre Drummond. Sources said Porzingis had mixed feelings whether to go through with the bar promotion after his devastating injury but decided to go for it.
According to sources, Porzingis will have surgery Tuesday after which a rough timetable for his recovery will be announced. He’s expected to miss part of next season, too. He was replaced in the All-Star Game by Kemba Walker.
New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday to repair the tear in his ACL, sources told ESPN. A specific timeline for Porzingis’ rehabilitation will be known after surgery. He is expected to be sidelined for at least 10 months.
Assuming Porzingis returns to the court during the 2018-19 season, the Knicks hope that core can attract free agents in the summer of 2019, when New York projects to have significant cap space and another first-round draft pick.
Ian Begley: New York Knicks’ star Kristaps Porzingis’ surgery has been scheduled for Tuesday, per ESPN sources.
Kristaps Porzingis is seeking a second opinion outside of the Knicks organization in the wake of his torn left ACL, per sources. He is still expected to have surgery soon, but his desire to seek a second opinion is the reason he hasn’t yet had the procedure.
Adam Zagoria: Knicks GM Scott Perry on Kristaps Porzingis timetable: “His welfare is going to be the utmost importance. Until he’s deemed 100 percent not only by us but we feels that mentally we woudln’t want to put him out there in any risk.”
Ian Begley: Courtney Lee spoke to Kristaps Porzingis after Porzingis was diagnosed with a torn ACL. “He was down when he first got the news but then he instantly switched to ‘I’ve got to take on this new journey. I’m ready for it,’” Lee said.
The New York Knicks are finalizing a deal to send disgruntled center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets and plan to aggressively pursue younger players and picks at the trade deadline in the wake of Kristaps Porzingis’ season-ending injury, league sources told ESPN.
Pau Gasol: Wishing you lots of strength for a speedy recovery @Kporzee! I am sure you will come back stronger next season #NBAFamily 🙏🏼 Mucho ánimo y fuerza en tu recuperación Kristaps! Estoy seguro que volverás más fuerte y listo para la próxima temporada #NBA
Nikola Mirotic: You will be back stronger and better than ever . #StayStrong
Ian Begley: In the wake of the devastating Porzingis news, members of the Knicks organization discussed the idea of playing young players like Frank Ntilikina & Trey Burke more often for the rest of the year, per sources. It’s unclear at this point if that’s the definitive plan going forward
Fred Katz: Melo on Kristaps: “It’s sad, man. It’s sad…just as a friend, forget basketball, as a friend, as a little brother, it’s just hard to see anyone go through that.” Said he will reach out to Kristaps tonight.
Paul George: 🙏🏾 up to Porzingis !
Rudy Gobert: Damn man… @kporzee come back stronger bro.
Shams Charania: Sources: Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis is scheduling season-ending surgery on torn ACL in his knee, with return timetable after procedure.
Steve Popper: Knicks confirm – MRI shows Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee.
Ian Begley: Jeff Hornacek confirms that Kristaps Porzingis is having an MRI to determine the severity of his left knee injury. He didn’t want to speculate but called it ‘deflating.’
Mike Vorkunov: No update on Porzingis at this point, says Jeff Hornacek. Knicks waiting on MRI results. “Hopefully he’s OK.”
Frank Isola: The protocol is an MRI but if the injury is not believed to be serious the Knicks tend to wait until the morning. Kristaps, the franchise player, was immediately taken to the hospital for MRI.
Devin Booker: Hope @Kristaps Porzingis is good!! Prayers up 🙏🏼🙏🏼
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis was walking on his own and described as “OK” as he went to the hospital for an MRI on his left knee, per league sources.
Kevin Love: Hope @Kristaps Porzingis 🦄 is good. Just seeing the replay. Prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Adrian Wojnarowski: Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is undergoing an MRI on his left knee tonight, league source tells ESPN.
Harrison Wind: Tim Hardaway Jr and Kyle O’Quinn are out tonight. Porzingis is in for Knicks
Kristaps Porzingis said he believes his chance of returning to play Thursday against Denver is “74 percent.’’ The Knicks officially listed Porzingis as questionable with an irritated left knee that caused him to miss a loss Tuesday in Golden State. But it appears likely Porzingis won’t miss a game for the eighth time this season.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek had talked about resting Porzingis on this six-game trip against the Western Conference and cited the possibility of him sitting out one of the two games of the upcoming back-to-back in Denver and Phoenix. Hornacek added Porzingis will hopefully return for Denver. “KP twisted his knee on a blocked shot,’’ Hornacek said. “He was fine, finished practice, woke up was pretty stiff. I don’t know if it’s precaution. He’s got soreness in there. We still have a couple of games on this trip.”
Steve Popper: Porzingis is playing tonight and has no limitations.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude: Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis participate in full practice. Will be listed as questionable.
After the team doctor convinced Kristaps Porzingis to sit against OKC, he won’t play against Hornets with his sore knee on Monday either. The Latvian traveled with the team and went through shootaround, but resisted making a prediction earlier about his availability before consulting doctors. Porzingis hurt his knee while making a pass during Thursday’s victory over the Nets.
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis will not play tonight.
New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is questionable for Saturday’s home game against Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a knee injury but the third-year forward felt improvement in the knee on Friday, league sources told ESPN.
Porzingis’ knee was “worked on” on Friday and the discomfort in his knee decreased, league sources told ESPN. It is unclear if Porzingis underwent an MRI or had X-rays to further determine the extent of the injury but sources say he did not undergo significant testing because it wasn’t warranted based on the state of the injury.
Porzingis suffered the injury early in the third quarter. It appeared to be a non-contact injury. He asked out of the game immediately after the suffering the injury, which occurred while defending Brooklyn’s Rondae Hollis Jefferson. The severity of the ailment is unclear, as is Porzingis’ status for New York’s game against Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis will not return due to a sore left knee, Knicks say.
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis said his right ankle felt fine yesterday after playing 34 minutes on Wednesday against Memphis. It was Porzingis’ first game back following a 2-game absence due to an ankle injury. “There are no concerns,” he said.
Fred Kerber: #Knicks Porzingis said he feels “great” and “I’d say I’m 100 percent and ready to play.”
Steve Popper: Kristaps Porzingis is a go tonight for Knicks.
Ian Begley: The Knicks are listing Kristaps Porzingis (ankle sprain) as probable for tomorrow’s game against Memphis.
Porzingis, who’s also been ill, didn’t make the trip. He stayed home to rest and get treatment on his ankle. “I think he’s getting better,” Hornacek said. “The illness, we didn’t bring him on the trip so he didn’t spread that. So hopefully with the couple of days of rest that he got he’ll be better. He says the ankle’s getting better.”
Al Iannazzone: Kristaps Porzingis will not play today because of ankle/illness. Ntilikina will play
Ian Begley: Jeff Hornacek said he doesn’t expect Kristaps Porzingis to get an MRI to make any further determination on his ankle sprain. He’s hopeful that Porzingis will be back for the Knicks’ next game – against Orlando on Sunday.
Barbara Barker: Kristaps Porzingis will play tonight against Portland. Enes Kanter is out.
Ian Begley: Enes Kanter (back spasms) and Kristaps Porzingis (lower back tightness) are out tonight against Houston, the Knicks announce.
He wouldn’t blame his troublesome right elbow or the different defenses he’s facing for his little dip recently. Porzingis said he needs to put in some extra work. “I got to fix all the little details,” Porzingis said. “Look at the film, look at my shots and not overthink about it. Sometimes there are good shots, but it’s just in and out. The elbow is not bothering me at all. I don’t want to blame it on the elbow. Get some rest and not overthink about those kinds of things.”
Al Iannazzone: Porzingis said his right elbow feels much better today.
Ian Begley: As expected, Kristaps Porzingis will return to the lineup tonight after missing Wednesday’s game vs. Orlando due to an ankle & elbow injury.
“When I hit it again it just swells up and it’s sensitive and I can’t stretch my arm,’’ Porzingis said of his ballooning elbow. “It bothers me a little bit but not that bad. It’s always, I have to get the swelling down and then I’ll be fine again. But I think once the season’s over. I might have to do something about it. I just can’t keep going like this every year.” Porzingis said he could “drain it” or “do some stuff with it.”
The NBA season is starting to take a familiar toll on Kristaps Porzingis. But this time, he’s not taking any chances. The Latvian sat out Wednesday’s game against the Magic with two small injuries – a sore ankle and elbow swelling that is more of a chronic issue. “You’re playing through pain a lot of times and you keep going and because this is hurting, the next thing starts to hurt,” Porzingis said. “Sometimes it’s smart when something’s hurting to maybe sit out one game and not later lose four games.”
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis (left ankle injury) will play tonight against Indiana.
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis (illness) will play tonight.
Ian Begley: Barring some unforeseen setback, both Frank Ntilikina (knee) and Kristaps Porzingis (hip) will play in the Knicks’ season opener Thursday.
Ian Begley: Frank Ntilikina (knee) didn’t participate in contact portions of practice today. Kristaps Porzingis participated in all of practice.
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis (hip) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) are out tonight. Both should be fully healthy Monday, Jeff Hornacek said.
Porzingis, who has a sore hip, practiced on a limited basis with the team Thursday. Ntilikina, who has a bruised right knee, missed his second straight day of practice though he did shoot on his own for an extended period. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek did not rule out an appearance by either player but sounded as if he’s inclined to hold both out so they are ready to go for the regular-season opener Thursday at Oklahoma City.
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Shams Charania: Sources: The Hawks plan to sign guard Antonius Cleveland to a 10-day contract. Cleveland went to training camp with Golden State and spent time with Dallas in regular season.
An outdoor amphitheater on Capitol Mall. Autonomous vehicles shuttling tourists from Sacramento International Airport to Golden 1 Center. A waterfront festival along the Port of Sacramento accommodating hundreds of people staying on luxury cruise ships. Sacramento’s bid to host the NBA All-Star Game in 2022 or 2023 is a mix of high-tech flash and outside-the-box concepts aimed at bolstering a proposal seen by many as a long shot. The bid, revealed to The Sacramento Bee late Wednesday, will be formally introduced Thursday at a press conference outside Golden 1 Center and delivered to the NBA the following day. The bid package will include virtual reality tours of event spaces and testimonials from team officials, local political leaders and former Kings legends.
Another topic at the first practice back was the prime topic in the country right now: Gun control. In the wake of the latest massacre in Florida, some high schoolers who survived the shooting have spoken out loudly about the issue, drumming up more conversation and potential change than at any other point. Kerr, who is passionate about the issue, was asked about the ongoing dialogue. “I think it’s phenomenal,” Kerr said. “What those kids are doing is heroic, it’s heartfelt and I think it’s the beginning of some change. I really believe that. I’m amazed every time I see on TV or online, it’s heartbreaking but inspiring all at once.
“I feel very encouraged. We’ve got a generation that’s grown up with these school shootings and mass shootings and they’re fed up. Historically, it’s a young generation that has to initiate change. You think about the Vietnam war. “All the old white guys who kept sending the troops over to fight this ridiculous war, it was all the young people who protested, had to make change, communicate. It’s the young people in the country now who are going to create the change we need in terms of how we handle gun violence and how we do our best to curb it. It’s amazing to watch.”
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He also mentioned talking with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, although that conversation didn’t have as much depth to it. “He told me I should trust the process and come play for Philly,” Antetokounmpo said with a chuckle, drawing a laugh. “That was my reaction — I just laughed.”