Knicks news: Kristaps Porzingis paying for his longtime physiotherapist to be with him for every game
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis wants to remain healthy and stay more on the floor this season, and he’s determined to achieve that even if it costs him money.
According to a report by Marc Berman of The New York Post, Porzingis has brought his longtime Spanish physiotherapist Manolo Valdivieso in New York to be with him for every game — even during road trips. However, it’s the 22-year-old who will be shouldering all the expenses to keep his physio with him everywhere.
“He’s been with me [for a while], we’ll keep working together, keep helping me out,’’ Porzingis told Berman. “He’ll be wherever I am. He knows me the best, knows my body the best. He worked with me when I was 17, 18 years old.”
Valdivieso has worked with Porzingis way back to his time with Sevilla in the Spanish League. He has also trained with him in Europe this offseason, so it’s no wonder why the Latvian international prefers having the Spaniard than the Knicks’ training staff.
“I just [want to] get a little bit better, miss a few less games, play a few more games,’’ Porzingis added. “It’s worth it. It’s a team I’m building [around] myself.”
Kristaps Porzingis has made it known that he wants to complete an 82-game season, after having played in just 66 games last year. Although it remains to be seen if he can do it, there’s no doubt his latest decision shows his commitment to improving himself.
The Knicks star will also need all the help he can get to reach his full potential, especially now that he’s the No. 1 guy and face of the New York franchise following the trade of Carmelo Anthony.