Knicks coach David Fizdale finally gave an update on the health of his ace, Kristaps Porzingis, after 7 & # 39; 3 hit his ACL in February. He said that Porzingis is "still running and doing light rehabilitation". according to Ian Begley of ESPN, but he did not start running. This sounded the alarm of panic among Knicks fans and writers, as Fizdale still could not offer a timeline for his return.
Porzingis used Instagram to tell a different story while posting photos of himself along with a UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov meme that said, "That's bullshit number one." A day later, Fizdale took responsibility for his gaffe.
David Fizdale said he did not know that Kristaps Porzingis was running. He talked to Porzingis about it today and said they are on the same page and in a good place.
– Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 9, 2018
Good example: & # 39; & # 39; No, our guys knew, but they're not doing the press conference. I was up here. I'm the only idiot who did not know he'd gone out on the floor. Like I said, part of this is because I'm just stuck with it. The most important thing is that I'm happy when I get it back. " Https://t.co/LLIZHuUS8L
– Yaron Weitzman (@YaronWeitzman) November 9, 2018
But does it really matter whether Porzingis is running or not? How to Post and Toasting the Website Knits from SB Nation wrote:
These types of headlines are designed to scare Knicks fans and click on the article so they can figure out what the heck went wrong with KP's recovery, but the truth is that nothing Fizdale said indicated there was any problem. In fact, the facts are simple. Porzingis is recovering from a serious knee injury and the time when he can return remains uncertain.
If Porzingis is 60% healthy or 95% healthy it is irrelevant as long as it does not suffer any setbacks. He should rest as long as he needs this year and then a little. Take a nap, play some video games, do nothing, Kristaps.
Anyone who watched Duke's season opener against Kentucky know why.
The Knicks are finally catching up. Playing Porzingis will only hurt this.
The Knicks stink, but they're taking the right steps to recovery for the first time in a while. The minutes are prevalent for youngsters Frank Ntilikina, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox and surprise guard Alonzo Trier, and New York is missing out. These truths are the keys to any reconstruction of the process.
Children are being executed and have a chance to learn and improve as they lose to ensure that another piece of the puzzle is achieved in the next draft, even though the chances of the worst teams getting the best choice have been flattened by the reform of lottery.
A wounded Porzingis is almost like a cheat code. The Knicks are not as bad as they seem – your best player is not playing! But his absence in the team's formation does not hinder his chances in the first choice. All losses are equal.
Without Porzingis, the Knicks have the blessing of a trial and error season to see who fits in the long run and who is replaceable, while accumulating losses for the opportunity to write the Next Best Thing.
Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett look like future stars
It's extremely early, but Duke has a pair of wings that fit the description of an NBA star. Williamson and Barrett are polar against the 6 & # 39; 7 slashers, and both can fit neatly alongside Ntilikina, Knox and Porzingis, the team's current biggest draft picks.
Williamson is a 285-pound unicorn in its own right, with the power to intimidate defenders into painting and a new ability to shoot from the depths. His defensive versatility screams a bigger and tougher Draymond Green with a better bounce.
Barrett may be the best scorer in his class, with a handsome touch from far away and the ability to get the defenders off the dribble. He is fast, can hold the ball and is the favorite to go to number 1.
A complete summary of what both can well be found here. (Go ahead and see these highlights, Knicks fans.)
So get away and sleep well, Kristaps
Pushing Porzingis back does nothing but risks his health and adds wins to the pillar in a year you do not want. Even with the NBA adjusting the lucky draw odds, so that the three lowest teams have the same odds on the first choice, it still rewards the loss. So keep it up!
Then stack those "L" s, New York. And if you do it right, this may be the last time.