Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) said Monday that he won't play for Latvia in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Reinis Lacis of SB Nation reports.
The right shoulder strain that sidelined Porzingis for the final seven games of the regular season wouldn't have prevented the big man from taking part in the Olympics if he wanted to, but much to the New York Knicks ' delight, it looks like he'll spend most of the offseason in New York training under the team's supervision. The 20-year-old established himself as a cornerstone for the team's future with a surprisingly effective rookie season, and is expected to take his game to even greater heights in 2016-17.
Porzingis will conclude the season with a string of seven straight absences due to a strained right shoulder. With the
Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) is doubtful to play in the New York Knicks ' season finale Tuesday against the Pacers, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
Porzingis' strained right shoulder has kept him out of the last six games, and with the big man still unable to shoot due to the injury, it makes sense for the team to give the rookie an early start on the offseason. If this is indeed the last we've seen from Porzingis this season, he'll wrap up a campaign that figures to result in a runner-up finish to the Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns in the Rookie of the Year balloting. The Latvian sensation established himself as a potential franchise cornerstone for the Knicks, averaging 14.3 points (on 42.1% shooting), 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers over 28.4 minutes in 72 games this season.
Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raptors, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Porzingis continues to sit out due to the shoulder issue, and has not yet resumed shooting. This puts his availability for Tuesday in question as well. He'll continue to be a game-time call for the New York Knicks , but for the time being, Derrick Williams will fill in his starting spot.
Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Sixers, Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News reports.
Porzingis was ruled doubtful coming into Friday, so it comes as no surprise he'll sit out. He's also yet to resume shooting, which doesn't bode well for his availability for Sunday's outing versus the Raptors either. With that being said, he'll continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis and we should see his status updated following Sunday morning's shootaround. Derrick Williams will likely continue to fill in as a starter and see increased minutes Friday.
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