Kings holding out Giles to strengthen knees

Kings rookie Harry Giles will be held out so the team can focus on strengthening his knees.

Sacramento Kings rookie big man Harry Giles will be out through at least January as the team is focusing on “a measured and sustained progression plan designed to improve physical strength in (Giles’) surgically repaired knees,” the Kings said in a press release.

Giles is 6-foot-11 and was the No. 20 overall draft pick out of Duke. He has already undergone multiple knee surgeries, after tearing his left MCL and ACL prior to his sophomore year of high school.

He tore his right ACL during his senior year of high school, and underwent surgery on his left knee prior to his freshman year of college.

“Given his age (19), personal injury history and the wealth of scientific research supporting a methodical approach to ACL prevention and rehabilitation, Giles will continue on this track going forward and be reevaluated routinely throughout the program,” the team said.

The talented Giles is part of a heralded Kings rookie class that also includes guard De’Aaron Fox, swingman Justin Jackson and guard Frank Mason III.