New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale has cleared the air on Kristaps Porzingis' rehabilitation from an ACL injury. It hasn't translated to many wins, but it's a fun group to watch in NY, and it should inspire hope for the future.
Porzingis appeared to respond to his coach later that day, posting two photos of himself mid-sprint on a track in an Instagram story. He spoke to Porzingis about it today and said they are on the same page and in a good place.
Fizdale had said the 23-year-old power forward was "working his butt off" but hadn't progressed significantly from the activity he was engaged in before training camp, which included light running and shooting. "I've got to lock in on these young bucks, keep them up to par".
Fizdale said he discussed the issue with Porzingis on Friday morning at the team practice facility and that player and coach are now on the same page. "It's just one of those injuries we're going to take our time with, make sure it's right", Fizdale said.
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"I think how he took it was that people thought he wasn't busting his hump, he took it personally, it got to him that people would think that", Fizdale said. The Knicks have never put a timetable on his return, though a typical recovery might allow him to play late in the 2018-19 season.
Prior to training camp, Porzingis said he hoped to travel with the Knicks on road trips. "I'd rather be focused on the day-to-day task with these guys, and when he gets back that'll just be a gift for me".
The Knicks have opened the season 4-8 and sport the youngest roster in the National Basketball Association.