Knicks news: Kristaps Porzingis aware of New York’s moves despite recovery from ACL surgery
Although New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis hasn’t been able to physically participate in basketball activities with his team yet, he has remained very involved and informed with the Knicks’ offseason process.
Porzingis was forced to miss significant time in the 2017-18 season due to an ACL tear in his left knee, and his absence clearly affected the team’s production. After his injury, the Knicks went an embarrassing 6-26, finishing 29-53 and placing as the eleventh seed in a weak Eastern confrence.
The Knicks wasted no time making steps to improve in the offseason, hiring David Fizdale and making two key draft picks in Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson. Per Marc Robinson of the New York Post, David Fizdale asserts that Porzingis has taken an interest in the two youngsters potential, saying
“We’ve had some really good conversations… 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.”
This is a huge improvement in communication and clarity between Porzingis and management from last year. It was well documented that the Unicorn never truly formed a quality bond with former coach Jeff Hornacek, and he famously skipped his exit interview with Phil Jackson, worrying some in the franchise that the uneasiness would lead to a offseason trade of one of the most unique players in the league.
Thankfully for Knicks fans, it seems like the ship has been righted with Fizdale at its helm. He and his wife recently visited Porzingis all the way in Croatia, checking in on his superstar.
Big thank you to @kporzee @porzingis @mporzingis for being so hospitable to us in your home city and country @liepajalv . We loved it all, the city, the FOOD, the people, the beaches, the LATVIAN SAUNA 😍! Some have been asking if Latvia is worth traveling to.. the answer is YES! Everywhere we looked it was beautiful and pristine! ❤️
It seems like the Knicks are gelling fast, and hopefully the off the court camraderie can translate to wins in the regular season.