Mavs’ Rick Carlisle excited to get Kristaps Porzingis ‘dialed in and ready to go’ for 2019-20 season
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is excited about Kristaps Porzingis taking the court healthy in the 2019-20 NBA season.
This was what Carlisle told SportsDay during the Basketball Without Borders camp in Latvia on Tuesday.
(Porzingis is) doing great and he practiced with us the last month of the season, did extremely well. (He) got better every day with his rhythm and strength and everything.
He’s worked awfully hard in the last two years to recover from the ACL and also to build his body up to withstand the rigors of the NBA season. We can’t wait to get him dialed in and ready to go.
Carlisle’s update comes in the aftermath of Porzingis’ altercation at a nightclub in Latvia last month. A video of a bloodied Porzingis went viral. Reports about Porzingis possibly breaking one of his hands also surfaced. However, SportsDay has refuted those claims, citing photos of Porzingis this week.
According to SportsDay, Porzingis “can become a restricted free agent on June 30.” However, the Mavs are determined to lock him up to a long-term deal. The duo of Porzingis and Slovenian phenom Luka Doncic should help the Mavs start the post-Dirk Nowitzki era off on the right foot.
Should Porzingis take the court in October for Dallas, it would’ve been 20 months since he sustained an ACL injury against the Milwaukee Bucks. Will he be ready by then? Rick Carlisle certainly thinks so. That should encourage Mavs fans to no end.