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Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis progressing slowly in return from torn ACL

Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks

New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis suffered a torn left ACL in February and the 7-footer is still unable to run nine months removed from surgery.

Porzingis and the Knicks have been vague about when the power forward is expected to be ready to play again. The 23-year-old is only able to shoot and jog lightly.

“He’s still kind of there,” Knicks head coach David Fizdale said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “Not huge jumps. Right now we just feel like let’s keep him in his groove, keep that leg where it is. Travel is tough with rehabbing it. So right now we’ve all come to the agreement, on a lot of these trips, we’re just keeping him home.”

Back in April, Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan said he was told Kristaps Porzingis could return anywhere from December to not at all. Porzingis’ surgeon, Dr. David Altchek, said in Porzingis’ documentary over the summer that KP’s ACL tear type has “the best prognosis” for healing because there was no cartilage or ligament damage.

Before getting hurt last season, Kristaps Porzingis was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 48 games while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. He will become a restricted free agent in July.