Mavs’ Rick Carlisle says Kristaps Porzingis started 3-on-3 practice, to train with team ‘soon’
NBA fans aren’t the only ones envisioning in their heads what it’s going to look like when Kristaps Porzingis takes the floor alongside rookie phenom Luka Doncic. Of course, when that occurs, Doncic will no longer be a rookie, and the Mavs seems committed to their plan of keeping Porzingis sidelined for the remainder of the year as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn ACL.
Add Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle to that group of people who can’t wait to see Porzingis suit up officially in a Mavs uniform for the first time, saying via Brice Paterik of Mavs Moneyball:
“I think about it all the time.”
The Mavs acquired Porzingis from the New York Knicks in a blockbuster deal back on Jan. 31, which saw DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and two first-round picks headed back in the opposite direction. As one European Mavs legend nears the end of his career in Dirk Nowitzki, it appears the team not only now has one future European All-Star in Doncic, but a potential second in the Latvian Porzingis.
The reality of Porzingis taking the floor is getting to closer to becoming a realization as word has is that the 7-foot-3 big man will return to the practice floor Wednesday. He last appeared Feb. 6, 2018, for the Knicks, when he suffered a torn left ACL. Still only just 23 years old, it’s not just Mavs fans, but Carlisle as well, who can’t wait for Opening Night 2019 when the newest Mav gets to suit up for real.