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New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis suffered a torn left ACL in February and underwent season-ending surgery shortly after, and it may mean an entire lost year.
Porzingis and the Knicks have been vague about when the power forward is expected to be ready to play again — but league sources told Amico Hoops on Friday that New York is prepared for Porzingis to miss all of next season.
Back in April, Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan said he was told Porzingis could return anywhere from December of next season to not at all.
“I’ve been told everything from December to him being out for the season,” Dolan told The New York Post. “So I don’t know what to expect on that. But we can’t just sit on our ass while he’s away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back. He’s a great player and we just have to build around him.”
Porzingis’ surgeon, Dr. David Altchek, said in Porzingis’ documentary that his ACL tear type has “the best prognosis” for healing because there was no cartilage or ligament damage.
Porzingis finished this season averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 48 games while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from three.
The Knicks hired David Fizdale as their new head coach in May.