Ian Begley: Barring some unforeseen setback, both Frank Ntilikina (knee) and Kristaps Porzingis (hip) will play in the Knicks’ season opener Thursday.
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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.
Ian Begley: Ntilikina (knee) did not practice today. Porzingis (hip) was limited to non-contact portions of practice. Noah (illness) did not practice.
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis’ status for Friday’s preseason finale is uncertain due to a hip injury. But he says the ailment won’t keep him out of the Knicks’ season-opener in Oklahoma City next Thursday. Porzingis said his hip tightness may have been due to overcompensation from a previous ankle injury. He missed Monday’s game against Houston due to the injury and sat out of practice on Wednesday. Porzingis said he works on his hips and posture regularly to prevent any tweaks such as the hip soreness he’s currently dealing with. “I’m 7-3, maybe even 7-5, I don’t know, so it’s important for me to do all the preventative stuff,” he said with a laugh.
Al Iannazzone: Knicks won’t have Porzingis, (hip), Ntilikina (knee), Kuzminskas (calf), McDermott (finger) tonight vs. Rockets. But Ron Baker is available
Kristaps Porzingis will meet with Knicks’ doctors Monday to get his right hip checked. Porzingis sat out the second half of Sunday night’s 117-83 loss to the Nets because of soreness in his right hip. He said it didn’t happen on any particular play, but he just felt the soreness “growing” and it got worse after halftime. “I didn’t feel anything before the game,” Porzingis said. “At halftime, when I cooled down that’s when I really felt it.”
Al Iannazzone: Knicks say Porzingis will not return due to a sore right hip.
Al Iannazzone: Porzingis will play tonight. Ntilikina is out tonight and it sounds like tomorrow too with a bruised knee.
Porzingis also was back on the court Friday after leaving Thursday’s practice early due to a sore right knee. Porzingis said he felt better and he went through all of Friday’s non-contact morning practice. He also was expected to scrimmage and do all the contact work in the night sessions.
Al Iannazzone: Porzingis said his knee felt fine. Hornacek said Porzingis would go through contact parts of practice tonight.
As the Knicks were scrimmaging Thursday, Kristaps Porzingis watched from the side with his practice jersey off. Then he walked to the locker room favoring his right knee. Porzingis left the court to get treatment on what the Knicks called a sore right knee. Porzingis didn’t speak to reporters. But coach Jeff Hornacek said he doesn’t think it’s serious and he believes Porzingis will be able to practice Friday. “I think his knee just got a little sore there,” Hornacek said. “So we wanted to stop him from running at that point.”
Brian Seltzer: Jeff Hornacek confirms Carmelo Anthony will be available for Knicks tonight. Kristaps Porzingis won’t play.
This season, Porzingis wove a sensational November before cooling down in mid-December. He blamed his Achilles tendinitis — which first surfaced on Christmas — as the cause for a year that didn’t live up to giant expectations. “Until I got hurt with the Achilles, I was playing a very high level, very consistently, every night, but still we weren’t playing at the level that we wanted to as a team, so that didn’t really do anything for me,’’ Porzingis said. “But I liked the consistency. I was out there playing at a high level.”
“Then the injuries, little things [that] happened got me out of my rhythm. Then it was kind of on and off, some games good, some games not so good. I was trying to find that rhythm for a long time. Then the second part of the season, it was just a big fight for us and mentally tough. I think I grew from this season.’’
Jonah Ballow: Hornacek says Melo (sore knee) and Porzingis (sore back) are out tonight. #NYKvsMEM #Knicks
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis (sore lower back) will not play tonight, Knicks announce.
Steve Popper: Porzingis is back tonight.
Hornacek said he believes Kristaps Porzingis’ nagging injuries have contributed to his inconsistency, but also have affected his mindset. “He can’t worry about scoring,’’ Hornacek said. “If you try to score too much, it usually doesn’t work out. If you play defense, rebound, block shots, that’s what Porzingis is good at.”
Ian Begley: Hornacek says Porzingis will play tonight against Orlando after missing two games due to an ankle injury. Willy Hernangomez (ankle) is out
Steve Popper: Porzingis will not play tonight – expected back Wednesday.
Ian Begley: As expected, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah are out tonight. Porzingis may play on Monday vs. TOR. Noah is unlikely to play Monday.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Source: Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis will be out several days with ankle injury, but no ligament damage. For now, only swelling.
Derrick Rose will miss his third straight game due to a sprained ankle against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Kristaps Porzingis, however, is available to play and expected to start after sitting out the Knicks’ loss in Washington on Tuesday due to illness.
Al Iannazzone: Kristaps Porzingis is out tonight due to an illness. Willy Hernangomez will start.
Kristian Winfield: Kristaps Porzingis is available to play tonight vs. Washington. An MRI revealed no structural damage to his Achilles, the team announced.
“It’s still not there yet, have to be careful how explosive the moves are or I get a pinch again where the Achilles starts,’’ Porzingis said. “Hopefully after the next game I’ll be ready [Saturday vs. Phoenix]. I have to be smart and be 100 percent when I’m back. I hate to be out there with a suit. I look good out there but I hate being there especially in a tough moment like this.’’
Gary Washburn: Porzingis and Noah are OUT for the #Knicks vs #Celtics
Jonah Ballow: Porzingis is out today for 3rd straight game with a sore left Achilles. Starters should be announced shortly.
Porzingis said it’s not his call and will listen to the medical staff. “No problema,” Porzingis said, using his Spanish. “I didn’t feel any pain. I hope [to be ready]. The way I feel right now, yes, I feel I’ll be available [Monday]. It all depends if the doctors let me go. This is the second time this has happened to me. They want to make sure I’m good, 100 percent healed before I step on the court. We don’t want this to happen again. It’s all their decision.”
Frank Isola: Jeff Hornacek confirms that Kristaps Porzingis is out today. Calls him doubtful for Monday vs Atlanta but says KP believes he’ll be ready.
Because of his ailing left Achilles, Porzingis sat Thursday’s victory over the Bulls at the Garden, the fourth game the 7-foot-3 Latvian has missed since Dec. 31. It appears Sunday, against the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, will make it five. “I’m going and I’m not sure, probably not [playing] tomorrow. But hopefully I can play against Atlanta [Monday],” said Porzingis, listed as “questionable” after going through a limited practice Saturday with the Knicks who, like him, favor a cautious approach to his return. “I did warm-up stuff. Little bit of running up and down. Once they started playing live I was out.”
The power forward woke up Thursday morning “really sore,” according to coach Jeff Hornacek, who didn’t have a clear idea of when Porzingis might return. The last time Porzingis sat because of the troublesome left Achilles, he missed three games over a week. The Knicks, who entered Thursday’s matchup against the Bulls at 17-22, have an incredibly condensed schedule for the remainder of January with 10 games over 16 days starting Sunday.
Porzingis said that gave him the confidence that he could return to the Knicks lineup tonight against the Bucks after missing the past three games with soreness in his Achilles. “I’m ready,” Porzingis said after the Knicks’ morning shootaround. “I have all the energy from resting these days. But we have to be smart. Probably they won’t let me play as much as I usually do. Just make sure there’s not too much stress on the Achilles again. But I’m ready to go. I can’t wait.”
The good news, the expert from Northwestern Memorial Hospital said, is Porzingis likely is too young at 21 to be suffering from Achilles tendinosis, which could result in a career-ending rupture. However, the expert said Porzingis is more prone to Achilles tendinitis than virtually all other NBA players. “For sure people who are of advanced height put more strain on the tendons, their height and length mechanically puts more stress,’’ Dr. Anish R. Kadakia, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and fellowship director of Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Northwestern University, told The Post. “The Achilles is the most relevant because it has to support your whole body weight.’’
New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis will miss his second straight game due to a sore left Achilles.
The end of the year isn’t ending nicely for the Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis will miss his first game of the season, on New Year’s Eve Saturday vs. Houston, with left Achilles soreness but is not expected to get an MRI. Porzingis said he started feeling pain in his Achilles on Christmas against Boston, but it didn’t affect him in games in Atlanta and New Orleans. However, Porzingis said he woke up Saturday morning with a lot of soreness and wanted to rest so it wouldn’t linger. “After the game it was pretty sore,’’ Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “It’s tough to step up on. I don’ t think it’s anything like a tear — just a strain. Hopefully he’ll be ready Monday.’’
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis shooting around after practice. His knee seems to be OK: pic.twitter.com/OqFFIvZ372
Porzingis said afterward he won’t participate in Sunday’s open practice, but believes he will be healed by Wednesday’s preseason rematch in Boston. “I honestly don’t know what happened — I first started feeling [it] in the first quarter and got worse and worse,’’ Porzingis said. “I told the doctors and they were being supercautious. They want [to be] sure I’m 100 percent healthy.. I don’t think it’s anything serious.’’
Ian Begley: There’s been some social media chatter about Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis visiting the Hospital for Special Surgery recently. I’m told he went to the hospital to get his shoulder checked out before leaving for Latvia. It was a routine visit and part of his exit physical, which all players undergo. Porzingis missed the final 7 games of the season due to a shoulder strain. He said he wouldn’t leave New York until it was fully healed. So it’s a good sign that he’s headed to Latvia.
According to a source, Porzingis had hoped soon after the season ended to take off for his home in Latvia and then visit friends in Seville, where he played three seasons in Spain. But the Knicks have asked him to delay the journey until they know his shoulder is healed, so he may be in town for another few weeks. “I’ll stay here until I’m 100 percent,’’ Porzingis said.
In an illustration of what this season has become, Carmelo Anthony was healthy but elected to “rest’’ for a home game Sunday, giving Cleanthony Early his first start this season. “I’m young, and I always want to be on the floor,’’ Porzingis said. “At the same time, I want to be smart about this. Nothing really to gain the last few games but I think I’ll be back for the last two, three games hopefully. But it’s not my decision at the end of the day.’’
The team will take a cautious approach with its prized rookie. “I would be the last person to recommend that he comes back and puts himself in a situation where he could cause more harm to himself,” Rambis said. “That would be ridiculous of us as an organization and a medical staff. They won’t allow that to happen. He’s going to have to … feel very comfortable that he can go out there and perform.”
Kristaps Porzingis’ spectacular rejection made the highlight show rounds and also sent him to the injured list. Now he awaits an MRI to determine his status for the rest of the season. The Latvian rookie did not play Wednesday night in the Knicks’ 91-89 loss to the Mavericks because of a shoulder injury sustained Monday against the Pelicans, when he thwarted a dunk attempt from Alonzo Gee above the rim. “It’s really sore,” said Porzingis, who is scheduled to undergo an MRI in New York on Thursday. “I can’t even lift it up.”
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Carmelo Anthony tried grooming Kristaps Porzingis the past two years, knowing that he someday would replace him as the Knicks’ franchise player. Now that he has, Anthony called it “a big, big year” for Porzingis and had some advice. “You’re there. You’re the unicorn. You’ve got to embrace it,” said Anthony, now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. “You’ve got to understand what it’s about, what’s going to happen, whether good or bad, and be ready for it.”
Filling Anthony’s shoes is a tough task, but he believes he’s ready. “I never doubt myself,” he said. “I never feel like I’m not ready for something, even if it’s the most difficult challenge in my life . . . I’m never too afraid of a situation. I’m here now. I had a great experience watching Melo, how he does stuff on and off the court. I think that’s what I’m going to use to go forward.”