Dolan, of course, was referring to Kristaps Porzingis, the 22-year-old wonder child who sustained a torn left ACL on Feb. 6 that ended his season, and whose recovery from surgery will sideline him for an indefinite period of time. “I’ve been told everything from December to him being out for the season, so I don’t know what to expect on that,” Dolan said. “But we can’t just sit on our ass while he’s away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back.”
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What have you been doing when you’re not rehabbing? Have you been playing Fortnite? [Laughs.] No, not really. I’ve played a little of [PUBG], a similar game I guess. I’ve been super focused on rehab, making sure I do everything right. We have sessions two to three times a day, I’ve been eating right, all those things. Recovering my knee is my main focus right now.
Ian Begley: On the swelling in his elbow that bothered him for significant portions of last season, Kristaps Porzingis said on Saturday that the general feeling is that it has healed well and that there is no need to undergo a surgical procedure to fix anything. twitter.com/khaleel728/sta…
Porzingis was asked whether he has given thought to sitting out all of next season. His answer: “It was tough for me to sit out these couple of months, the last couple months or whatever it was of the season. It’s hard because I don’t know when I’m going to be healthy. I don’t want to go too far ahead. I want to be in the moment then when it comes closer, it’ll all be clear.”
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis was asked if his contract situation – he’s up for an extension this summer – would impact anything regarding his decision to return next season from his ACL injury. He said it would not.
Mike Vorkunov: Porzingis was asked if he’s thought about sitting out all of next season. Says missing last few months was tough. “It’s hard bc I don’t know when I’m going to be healthy. I don’t want to go too far ahead. I want to be in the moment then when it comes closer, it’ll all be clear.”
Stefan Bondy: Kristaps Porzingis on the state of the Knicks: “I’m an impatient individual in life, small things also. But I know one thing I’m going to have to be patient with the knee. That’s the number 1 thing right now on my mind. It’s hard for me to think about all these things.”
Mike Vorkunov: Porzingis says he’s getting better. Will drop a few YouTube video documenting his rehab. “I’m feeling pretty good. The knee is recovering fast. I’m just a little bored at home, especially watching all these games it’s tough.”
Adam Zagoria: Perry and Mills say they’ve been in constant contact with Kristaps Porzingis through his ACL injury. “He’s in great spirits about how the rehab is going and about his prospects of coming back, so we feel good about that as well.” – Mills @SNYtv @theknicksblog
Perry, who was hired as GM in July, will have the ability to find a coach with whom he finds alignment. The Knicks are determined to stay the course on drafting and player development as they as await the return of All-Star center Kristaps Porzingis, who isn’t expected to return until midway through next season as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Kristaps Porzingis moved well and without a limp as he walked onto the court Saturday night. It was a good sign for a franchise desperately in need of one. Porzingis, who is nearly two months removed from undergoing surgery to repair a torn left ACL, didn’t seem to be favoring the leg as he made his way to center court at Madison Square Garden. Porzingis said hello as he whisked by reporters. He didn’t stop because someone far more important was waiting. Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis was in attendance on Latvian Heritage Night. Porzingis presented Vejonis a personalized jersey and sneakers before the game. The two shook hands and posed for photos.
Al Iannazzone: Kristaps Porzingis is attending his second game since tearing his ACL. It’s Latvian Heritage night at MSG. The president of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis is here also. He and Porzingis shook hands at midcourt.
Ian Begley: It’s Latvian Heritage night at Madison Square Garden. We’ve already seen several Latvian National Team jerseys. Kristaps Porzingis is expected to be on hand tonight.
Regarding free agency going forward, Hornacek believes the Knicks will receive greater consideration from players because of Kristaps Porzingis. “You’ve got to look at, ‘Are we ready next year?’ With KP coming back probably a little later, no. But the pieces are being laid down,” Hornacek said. “You have Porzingis, and a lot of guys around the league have talked about wanting to play with him. They know he’s a great player.”
Dr. Carlon Colker is bubbling with muscles and with optimism regarding his difficult task in resculpting Kristaps Porzingis for next season. “Despite the talk, ‘The sky is falling, he’ll never be the same,’ that’s a bunch of horse s–t,’’ Colker told The Post. “He’ll be better than ever. He’s going to be blow people away. If you’re around people who know what they’re doing, it’s not the end of the world. It’s the end of the world if you have the wrong people around you.”
Colker works independently of the Knicks, but keeps in contact with their knee specialists. “My speciality is power — physical power and base and connection to power,’’ said Colker, whose former clients include Shaquille O’Neal, Allan Houston and Andre Agassi. “Whether swinging a racket or a big man moving in the low post, it’s a connection to the base and hips.’’
Colker is part of an aggressive faction regarding ACL timetables. While the Knicks likely won’t let Porzingis play until around Christmas (the 10-month mark) at the earliest, Colker says he’ll have him ready for opening night. Knicks brass is aware of Porzingis’ relationship with Colker. Porzingis and Colker met late last season to take care of a recurring shoulder ailment. Colker implemented an offseason conditioning plan and visited Porzingis in Latvia for two weeks over the summer.
Ian Begley: Steve Clifford on Jeff Hornacek: “He’s a very good coach. He’s done a good job. You can’t lose (Kristaps) Porzingis and then, to me, start judging the coach.” I understand Clifford’s point re: injuries & think NYK will take that into account when evaluating Hornacek at year’s end
Mike Vorkunov: Willy Hernangomez was with Kristaps Porzingis after he tore his ACL last month. “If I’m honest, that night was the worst night of my life.” He recounts that night.
Donovan Mitchell: Shoutout to @Kristaps Porzingis for the gift!! Appreciate it bro get [healthy] soon 🙏🏾💯
Donovan Mitchell: Shoutout to @Kristaps Porzingis for the gift!! Appreciate it bro get [healthy] soon 🙏🏾💯 Kristaps Porzingis: 🙏🏼
Injured New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis has no specific timetable for his return from ACL surgery, but he’s confident that he’ll eventually return to All-Star form once he gets back on the court. “I believe that I’m going to come back better and stronger,” Porzingis said Tuesday in his first public comments since he suffered a torn left ACL in early February.
Kyle O’Quinn: Good seeing my boi @kporzee today!!! You are missed my guy! 💯
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis said he’s going to be working on strength and mobility for his entire body during his rehab. “I don’t know how many months I have, (but) I’m going to use it as efficiently as I can to come back as a better player and also work on my mind.”
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis says no specific timetable for his return yet. He was expected to be out at least 10 months following surgery.
Last month, Antetokounmpo was posterized by Kristaps Porzingis but the lasting image is of the Knicks franchise forward falling to the floor at Madison Square Garden, clutching his knee. Porzingis was helped off the court and escorted into an uncertain future. A week later, Porzingis had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and his recovery could take anywhere from 10 to 12 months.
“Of course, not just about Kris Porzingis incident but I feel bad about anyone who gets injured,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s one of the toughest moments for the athlete. As you know Kris is a really good player, big talent. The league is going to be a lot better when he comes back. Hopefully, he can take his time, recover fully and we’ll all be ready for him and we’ll be really happy when he comes back.”
It was originally believed that Porzingis’ awkward fall was caused by him landing on Antetokounmpo’s foot, but the Greek Freak doesn’t recall it unfolding that way. “I don’t know if he stepped on my foot,” he said. “I think he lost his balance on the earth and didn’t land properly. I don’t think he stepped on my foot.”
Kristaps Porzingis can walk without crutches again. Porzingis was spotted Tuesday outside the Hospital for Special Surgery on the Upper East Side. In a white T-shirt, black shorts and a backwards hat, he was leaving a rehabilitation appointment with his physical therapist.
Porzingis sported a huge brace on his left leg, but he was able to walk on his own as he smiled for pictures with a few fans. His trainer was carrying Porzingis’ crutches, so he clearly hasn’t ditched them completely yet. Porzingis was even able to navigate a set of steps with no issues.
Ian Begley: Jeff Hornacek says Kristaps Porzingis may be back at the team facility after the Knicks’ West Coast trip. It’s unclear if he’s going to do rehab work there or just spend time with teammates/staff.
Regarding the extension, it’s unclear how Kristaps Porzingis’ injury impacts the timing of the Knicks’ offer. Prior to the ACL tear, the Knicks likely felt comfortable offering Porzingis the extension this summer. Now, they might follow the blueprint the Philadelphia 76ers established with Joel Embiid and construct a contract that is incentivized based on health. It’s also unclear if the bad blood between the organization and Porzingis from the summer of 2017 is still a factor at this point, but the Knicks are optimistic that all parties have moved forward and are on the same page. Porzingis has said that he’ll address his feelings on the extension at the appropriate time but wants to remain in New York. The Knicks still see Porzingis as a franchise cornerstone, despite the injury.
Adi Joseph: No mention of Kristaps Porzingis as an injured All-Star. He isn’t in attendance.
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.
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The Knicks are searching far and wide for their next coach. Team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry have done interviews on the East Coast and the West Coast and will meet with former Cavaliers coach David Blatt this week in Europe. While they’re overseas, they’re expected to scout some European players, including Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who is projected to be a high lottery pick.