Knicks ‘prepared’ for Kristaps Porzingis to miss next season
The New York Knicks are going through a rebuild and it sounds like next year might get a whole lot more difficult. There really hasn’t been a timetable set for when Kristaps Porzingas, and when he will return from his ACL injury, but according to Ashish Mathur of Amico Hoops, the Knicks are preparing for him to miss the entire season.
Porzingis and the Knicks have been vague about when the power forward is expected to be ready to play again. Sources told Amico Hoops on Friday that New York is prepared for Porzingis to miss all of next season.
This isn’t exactly new news as Knicks Owner James Dolan said back in April that Porzingas could be back anywhere from December to missing the entire season. It’s been a few months since those comments, so it now seems like missing the entire year is more of a possibility.
“I’ve been told everything from December to him being out for the season,” Dolan told The New York Post. “So I don’t know what to expect on that. But we can’t just sit on our ass while he’s away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back. He’s a great player and we just have to build around him.”
The Knicks hired David Fizdale this year, and he knows that this is a project that is going to include some trying years. The Knicks took Kevin Knox out of Kentucky with the 9th pick, and this is going to be a good year for him to get used to playing in Madison Square Garden, and growing into his role.