Reality sinking in for Knicks as life without injured Kristaps Porzingis begins
08 February, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Laura Christensen
It's a devastating blow both to the playoff chances of the Knicks and to fantasy owners who invested an early-round pick in Porzingis and now must scramble to replace him.
NY will also aim to increase the playing time given to shooting guard Damyean Dotson and two-way players Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet. Perry said Porzingis' injury had "no connection" to his decision to trade Hernangomez.
Porzingis landed awkwardly after a dunk, hitting the floor and immediately clutching his knee.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, head coach Jeff Hornacek intends to turn his focus to increasing his younger players' playing time. A timetable for his return will be established after surgery, but the expectation is that Porzingis will 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 NY projects to have significant cap space and another first-round draft pick. He's about to be an All-Star.
"It's sad. I wanted to reach out to him but I'll reach out to him tonight", Anthony said after Wednesday's (AEDT) win over the Warriors. "He is obviously a very important member of this basketball team and this organization and a part of this NY community".
Clearly, the Knicks will err on the side of caution when it comes to Porzingis' rehab, which means fans are unlikely to see the Latvian back in game action before 2019.
But he wanted the challenge and has been up for it, averaging 22.7 points and a league-leading 2.4 blocked shots per game.
An MRI revealed he tore his ACL and his season was over. Hardaway had missed 20 games this season with a stress reaction in his left leg, the New York Post reported. A little Jewish boy just trying to make it in the great City of NY.
This also means the National Basketball Association will need to find another replacement All-Star player, this time to Team LeBron.
Injuries to other Knicks also might play a role in those plans.
Now he will have to work even harder to come back from a serious injury.
Center Enes Kanter (oral surgery) will not be available for Thursday night's game at the Raptors.
Looking beyond this season, the Knicks were comfortable with the idea of offering Porzingis a rookie extension this summer. It is unclear if or how Porzingis' injury impacts the Knicks' thinking.
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