NEW YORK — Knicks allstar big man Kristaps Porzingis, who’s been out since last February with a torn ACL, is engaging in non-contact court activity with coaches and will be re evaluated in mid-February.
Knicks president Steve Mills claims that the team is pleased with Porzingis’ rehab so far, although no definitive timetable for his return can be found.
“We’re happy he has been in a position to progress to a place where now we can start to [get] him involved with out our coaches on to the floor, so that is a step in the ideal direction,” Mills said Friday. “We feel good about the progress, but we’re a ways away and we’ll have to do some other re-evaluation where he is in mid-February.”
It’s likely that Porzingis could start practicing with the team before his February test, thus a return in the time is not out of the question. The Knicks, though, have said they won’t rush Porzingis’ yield.
He worked out with a coach on the court for roughly 45 minutes. The workout included Porzingis shooting pullup 3 pointers and dunking, Mills explained.
The group president added your decision for Porzingis to return will likely be as much as both the player and the team.
“This really is a reciprocal process and also a reciprocal agreement,” Mills said. “He’s looking for us to state ,’Yesyou can play with,’ or’You can’t play.’ And we’re looking to him to sort of get a feel for,’How are you feeling, K P? How does this feel? How do the coaches think you’re feeling with one of these types of movements?’ And then we’ll come to a judgment regarding, OK, this really is exactly what we’re comfortable doing. But it’ll be a collective.
“We will both be on exactly the same page once we decide whatever is next.”
The Knicks have struggled without Porzingis, who averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per match. Ny is 924 entering Friday’s games.
“Obviously I am not happy — we’re not happy — together with your record,” Mills said. “Even though this can be a process, I think we are pretty apparent that type of our strategy is to try to win every match we possibly could.”
Mills added he has been optimistic regarding just how some young players have developed.
“what is important for us is always to have Kristaps on the court when he feels comfortable on the court, and we all feel comfortable he should be available,” Mills said when asked if it was important to have Porzingis back to the court to reveal potential free agents he is healthy. “That is more crucial than any timetable this season, some point at the summer.
“the main thing is we realize that we’ve got this guy in a place he feels comfortable on a floor, and we feel comfortable inside his ability to be a part of what we’re doing long term. That is more important than other things that we can construct .”
The Knicks failed to offer Porzingis an expansion on his rookie contract before the season, therefore he’ll be a restricted free agent this summer. Mills on Friday fell to discuss what a possible contract for Porzingis this summer could look like.
When asked concerning Joakim Noah, who intimated recently he could possibly have partied too much during his time at ny. Mills said Noah’s off-court customs were clearly just one reason why the team decided to waive the veteran center before the season and extend the last year of the Student, $72 million contract.
“There was a reason why we believed [waiving Noah] was the most useful thing for your own civilization and the surroundings of our team,” Mills said.
Mills had been the team’s general manager under then-president Phil Jackson if Noah was signed at the summer of 2016.
“Obviously I am disappointed it resolved how it worked out,” Mills said. “I don’t realize that… was only my decision, ” I don’t know that I would have signed him.”