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It is not yet known when Kristaps Porzingis will return to the new York Knicks following ACL surgery in February, according to a report from Steve Popper of Newsday.
Porzingis has been attending some practices and games, offering support to his teammates. But Knicks coach David Fizdale admitted Porzingis may not return this season at all.
“I’m not planning on it,” Fizdale said. “I’m looking at these guys right now. I’m not even planning on KP at all. 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.”
The Knicks have clearly made some positive strides under Fizdale, as they at the very least appear more organized. But the 7-foot-3 forward will add a whole new dimension to a team in need of a little bit more of everything.
Last season, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 48 games.
Still, Fizdale said his job is to focus on the here and now.
“I don’t want to get distracted personally as the coach, worried about if and when he’s coming back,” Fizdale said. “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. You can get distracted as a coach, caught up in that world of when and hopefully soon and you lose focus on what you’re doing. And these guys deserve my undivided attention.”