New York Knicks coach David Fizdale said on Friday that he wasn’t aware that Kristaps Porzingis had been sprinting as part of his rehab from last season’s ACL surgery, after Fizdale’s comments the day before led to a misunderstanding that left Porzingis frustrated over the perception of his recovery. On Thursday, Fizdale said that the All-Star big man hadn’t begun sprinting and that he hadn’t made significant progress since the start of training camp. Once the coach’s comments were reported in the media, Porzingis took to Instagram, posting two pictures of himself sprinting on an outdoor track.
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Fizdale said he discussed the issue with Porzingis on Friday morning at the team practice facility and that player and coach are now on the same page. “We had a great talk about it. He’s working his tail off,” Fizdale said. “I think how he took (media reports of Fizdale’s comments on Thursday) was that people thought he wasn’t busting his hump, he took it personally. It got to him that people would think that. “I think maybe when he heard me say, ‘Hey we’re taking it slow’ and all of that stuff — that’s what we’re doing — but at the same time he (doesn’t) want people thinking that he’s not busting his hump because he’s killing it,” the coach added.
Fizdale on Friday said that he’s in a “good place” with Porzingis after they spoke in the morning. “We’re fine. KP is great…. He was in here (during Friday’s practice) running around with the guys, yelling at them, getting on them about timing and rhythm and defense,” the coach said.
Stefan Bondy: David Fizdale said he was mistaken yesterday to say Porzingis has not started sprinting, was unaware that the forward was sprinting on his own at a nearby track. He called KP this morning and cleared up misunderstanding.
Ian Begley: David Fizdale said he thought Kristaps Porzingis’ Instagram post was a result of frustration over the perception that he wasn’t working hard during his ACL rehab. “He took it personally. It got to him that people would think that.” Again, Fizdale and Porzingis spoke this morning.
Knicks coach David Fizdale said Thursday that injured All-Star Kristaps Porzingis was at the stage of light running — but not sprinting — in his rehab from last season’s ACL injury. Once the coach’s comments were reported in the media, Porzingis took to Instagram, posting two pictures of himself sprinting on an outdoor track.
New New York Knicks coach David Fizdale said he’s had a chance to get to know Kristaps Porzingis well during a visit with the All-Star forward in his home country of Latvia. “The NBA is a small world and you kinda know people from afar. But this trip is more about getting to know him intimately. Know his family, know where he’s from, kinda get to see what made him ‘Kristaps,'” Fizdale said in an interview with Latvian television network LSM.
“We’ve talked about his rehab. We’ve talked about how we want to play, our style of play. Talked a lot about the culture that we’re building. We wanna make sure that he comes back strong and healthy (from his ACL surgery) and we don’t want to rush it. We’ve had some really good conversations,” Fizdale said. “We talked about the kids we drafted (Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson). I’ve tried to make sure that he’s — we’ve been in communication on every decision that we’ve made.”
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