Kristaps Porzingis is taking his time and making sure the New York Knicks’ doctors are giving him the best advice when it comes to his injured knee.
New York Knicks’ star forward Kristaps Porzingis still hasn’t undergone surgery on his injured knee, after suffering a torn ACL this past Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. There is a reason for that.
Ian Begley of ESPN reported on Thursday that Porzingis is going to visit with a doctor outside of the Knicks’ organization, in order to get a second opinion on his injured knee.
Kristaps Porzingis is seeking a second opinion outside of the Knicks organization in the wake of his torn left ACL, per sources. He is still expected to have surgery soon, but his desire to seek a second opinion is the reason he hasn’t yet had the procedure. It’s fairly common for players to seek more than one opinion before a major surgery. Porzingis also employs his own physiotherapist outside of the organization. Once Porzingis undergoes surgery, he is expected to be sidelined for at least 10 months.
This is a smart move by Porzingis. While it would be great if players could trust team doctors, they can’t. They’re human and make mistakes just like anyone else. Like Begley said, a lot of athletes go for second opinions when it comes to serious injuries.
While there is no doubt that Porzingis has to undergo surgery to repair his ACL, he’s likely seeking another opinion when it comes to what kind of surgery he needs. There is more than one way to repair an ACL as well rehab from this kind of injury.
The most important thing right now is that Porzingis’ surgery goes well and that he’s mentally ready for the battle that he’s about to undergo with his rehab over the course of the next year.