Kristaps Porzingis (6) lays on the court after being injured against the Milwaukee Bucks on Feb. 6, 2018.

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Report: Porzingis Has Made No Progress Recovering From Torn ACL

Still Not Able To Run 9 Months After Surgery

November 08, 2018 - 7:01 pm
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By WFAN.com

Kristaps Porzingis had surgery for a torn ACL nine months ago. According to Stefan Bondy at the NY Daily News, the Knicks franchise player still has not made any progress in his rehab since the summer.  

Porzingis is still not springting, according to David Fizdale. He's been shooting and joggingly lightly, which is where he was at during training camp. 

“He’s still kind of there,” Coach Fizdale said. “Not huge jumps.”

Any chance of Porzingis returning this season does not look great, especially considering the Knicks will play it as safe as possible so they have him at 100% for the 2019-2020 season, where they hope to be much more competitive. 

The 23-year-old will become a restricted free agent this summer. That means the Knicks can match any offer that he gets, and they have said that is their plan. 

Coach Fizdale has a lot of other things to worry about. He's not exactly focused on whether or not Porzingis returns to the team in the second half of the season.

“I’m looking at these guys right now. I’m not even planning on KP at all,” Fizdale said. “I can see instantly how he fits, but I’m just trying to keep my mind focused on them. Because that would just be a huge distraction for me mentally, hoping and wishing for KP, that 25, 28 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, whatever. I’ve got to lock in on these young bucks, keep them up to par.”

As of now, Porzingis is not traveling with the team for road games.