Porzingis (knee) has progressed to 1-on-0 non-contact drills with coaches and will be re-evaluated in mid-February, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
Porzingis has been shooting threes and dunking in workouts, though it seems he's at least two months away from a possible return. All signs in his recovery have been positive. More information should arrive as he continues hitting various milestones in his rehab.
Porzingis posted two pictures Thursday on his personal Instagram account that featured him sprinting on an outdoor track, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
Porzingis' posts were likely an attempt to set the record straight regarding where he stands in his recovery from his mid-February surgery to repair his ACL after coach David Fizdale relayed earlier in the day that the big man was merely doing only light running at this point. The images of Porzingis sprinting illustrate that he has in fact made progress from the activity he was able to do in training camp, but the Knicks probably won't have a clear timeline for his return until he's able to able to practice again. It's uncertain when Porzingis will be able to transition his rehab back to on-court work, making it real possibility that he'll be sidelined for the entire 2018-19 season.
Porzingis (knee) has started to participate in light running and shooting, but remains without a concrete timetable for a return, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Porzingis has yet to be cleared for sprinting, but the fact that he's on the court and moving around without too much discomfort is encouraging. Still, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Porzingis also wouldn't guarantee he plays this season. "It's really hard to say," Porzingis said. "There's no timetable, as I said. I am going to be back when I'm healthy and I am medically cleared." With all that said, it sounds like Porzingis will be brought along extremely slowly as the Knicks have no reason to rush him back and risk some sort of aggravation. Look for him to be periodically reevaluated throughout the year, but his lack of a timetable continues to hurt his value in fantasy leagues. As of now, he's likely just a late-round flier in most formats.
Porzingis (knee) will meet with team doctors this week, Steve Popper of Newsday reports. General manager Steve Mills stated, "We'll have some medical evaluations of [Porzingis] this week and we'll start to develop what the right plan is for him to come back. We're not going to do anything that jeopardizes the future of this franchise and we're going to be consistent and stay true to that."
The continued sentiment from management is that this season is "a time focused on player development", indicating there will be no rush to bring back Porzingis, who tore his ACL in early February. It's possible a more specific timeline will emerge after he meets with team doctors. From a fantasy perspective, the murkiness of the situation makes it tough to determine where to draft Porzingis, who averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.9 threes last season. Even when he returns, it's possible he sees limited minutes and takes frequent nights off.
Knicks owner James Dolan said that Porzingis (knee) could miss the entire 2018-19 season, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports. "I've been told everything from December to him being out for the season, so I don't know what to expect on that," Dolan said.
While the Knicks certainly aren't shutting Porzingis down officially for next season at this stage in his recovery, it's still notable that Dolan indicated there's a chance his superstar big man won't take the court. Porzingis' original 10-to-12 month timetable put a return somewhere between late December and February, so if this recent possibility holds true, it would be a huge surprise. Look for additional updates to be provided as Porzingis hits milestones in his recovery, but for the sake of both team and individual development, it seems it would be in the best interest of both the Knicks and Porzingis to get him back at some point during the 2018-19 campaign. For now, it's safe to assume he'll miss at least the first two months of the season.
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