It’s going to be a long road back for New York Knicks’ star Kristaps Porzingis.
No one knows yet when New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis will be back in uniform after suffering a torn ACL.
One thing we do know is that Porzingis underwent successful surgery on Tuesday, according to the Knicks.
Kristaps Porzingis underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 13, 2018
As of right now we can assume that Porzingis will be out for between 10-12 months. ESPN’s Stephania Bell says that he may not truly be himself on the court for up to two years from now.
“Most athletes will say that they don’t truly feel like they’re back to their pre-injury performance level until six months to a year after they’ve returned to action,” said Bell, via Ian Begley of ESPN.
“They can still be effective in the statistics department, however, even as they return to form. In a study published in 2013 looking at return-to-play rates and performance of NBA players following ACL reconstruction, various performance metrics [points, rebounds, blocks, etc.] declined in players returning from this injury. But, that decline did not differ significantly from controls (no ACL tear).”
This is yet another reason why the Knicks are really targeting the summer of 2019 as a time in which they will attempt to turn the corner as an organization. They’ll have money to spend in free agency and Porzingis will be a year and a half removed from his injury heading into the 2019-20 season.
Right now, the Knicks need to make sure that they draft the right players over the course of the next two years in order to put themselves in a good position for the future while allowing Porzingis to take his time as he rehabs.