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Kristaps Porzingis won’t need surgery in swollen elbow

Kristaps Porzingis

New York Knicks talisman Kristaps Porzingis is on his way to recovery from a season-ending torn ACL, but the bruising in his elbow that has plagued him throughout parts of the season won’t need surgery, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Porzingis’ swollen elbow has healed well over time and won’t require a procedure, allowing the unicorn to focus solely on regaining range of motion on his knee and slowly reincorporate himself to basketball activities throughout the summer.

Though the focus won’t be solely on his healing knee but other parts of his body as well.

“I have to come back and be a better player, be stronger,” said Porzingis. “I want to build my body. As much as this sucks, it’s also an opportunity for and I’m going to use it a hundred percent.”

Porzingis is the lone building block of this franchise, making him the starting and finishing point of the front office equation since shipping Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to the regular season.

His recovery and ultimate progress will dictate just how far this team can go, especially if he can keep up his season average of 22.7 points and 2.4 blocks per game — making leaps at both ends of the court with career-highs in only his third year in the league.