David Fizdale wants Kristaps Porzingis to continue rehab in New York, not join Knicks in London
The New York Knicks will take on the Washington Wizards on Jan. 17 in London, and Knicks head coach David Fizdale says the team is leaning towards keeping star power forward Kristaps Porzingis in New York so he can work on his rehab.
Porzingis tore his left ACL last season and is expected to be re-evaluated in February by team doctors.
David Fizdale says that they’re leaning toward Kristaps Porzingis not traveling with the team to Europe for the game in London. Fizdale they want him to stay back and rehab.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) January 11, 2019
There really is no point to have Kristaps Porzingis sit on an airplane for over seven hours just to travel to London for a game he’s not going to play in. This is the smart move by David Fizdale and the Knicks, as KP’s knee could stiffen up on the plane.
Porzingis was having an excellent year last season before he tore his ACL. The 7-footer was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per contest in 48 games for New York while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from the 3-point line. It is still unknown if Porzingis is going to play this season or sit out the whole year.
The Knicks are 10-31 on the season, 14th place in the Eastern Conference. The team is once again going to miss the playoffs. If Porzingis isn’t 100 percent, both mentally and physically, he shouldn’t play this year.