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Willy Hernangomez calls Kristaps Porzingis’ injury ‘worst night of my life’

The New York Knicks have not had a lot of success this season, which their win-loss slate clearly shows. However, what many do not know is that some of their players formed strong bonds, and treat each other more than just teammates. Two of them are former teammates Willy Hernangomez and Kristaps Porzingis, who shared a solid friendship, which was even strengthened after the 7-foot-3 big man tore his ACL.

Back on Feb. 6 against the Milwaukee Bucks, Porzingis hurt his knee and was forced to leave the game. He was then sent to a hospital to undergo some tests, which revealed the devastating news that he will miss the remainder of the season. Hernangomez recently shared that he was with him when the results of the MRI were given, and even accompanied him back to his place. The Spanish international then added, via Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic NYC, that he was very surprised to find out that he was still very positive despite the findings.

Porzingis is slated to miss six to eight months of action, and will need to undergo extensive rehabilitation in order to regain his old form. It will be a long and difficult road to recovery, but with the mindset he has, it will be hard to count him out that he will not be able to return even stronger than before getting hurt. Hernangomez, on the other hand, was traded to the Charlotte Hornets the following night, ending their tenure as teammates.

After an optimistic start to the campaign, the Knicks are looking to be headed to the lottery once again, and finish the regular season with one of the worst records in the league. For what it’s worth, they can add another key piece to their fold, which can speed up their rebuilding process, and return to being the perennial playoff contenders they were before.