Reality hit the Knicks hard Wednesday.
Early in the second quarter in their game against the Milwaukee Bucks, All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis landed awkwardly after a dunk and immediately crumpled to the floor, grabbing at the back of his left knee.
The Knicks' first game without Porzingis will be on Thursday when they visit Toronto to play against the Raptors.
Into that breach stepped Kristaps Porzingis, the most unlikely of saviors to enter The World's Most Famous Arena.
If you gave me a choice between a small rebuild that will get the Knicks to the seventh or eighth seed in the standings next season, or sitting dead last in the National Basketball Association standings for the next three years so the Knicks can get high draft picks that could potentially develop into superstars, ill take the second choice every single time.
Anthony, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder by the Knicks in the offseason, lamented the injury to the 22-year-old Latvian, who is averaging 22.7 points and an NBA-high 2.4 blocks per game. He will have surgery to fix the injury in the coming days, though it hasn't yet been scheduled. "We've got tremendous confidence in our medical group here that he's going to make more than a full recovery". That was our message to him.
Looking beyond this season, the Knicks were comfortable with the idea of offering Porzingis a rookie extension this summer. Even the Knicks didn't know if Porzingis was ready to flourish in the No. 1 role at 22. "He is the most important part of our family". "And we'll deal with at that appropriate time".
Perry made a move Wednesday, trading Willy Hernangomez to Charlotte for Johnny O'Bryant and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021.
Unfortunately, Porzingis' ACL injury wasn't the only concern for the Knicks on Tuesday night. Prior to the injury, the Knicks planned to operate as a team still hoping to make the playoffs. He was helped off the court and taken for an MRI exam that revealed his injury. We wouldn't want to put him out there in any risk. "Our expectations is those guys are going to try to find a way to learn to close out games and win as much as possible". Jeff Hornacek exchanged words with his star player.
Lee crossed paths with Porzingis in the training room.
"It's very tough news to swallow", Perry said. Kanter revealed after the game that he will need oral surgery to fix a gash in his mouth that was being held together by stitches. The Bucks are 30-23 overall.
The Knicks hopes to pair an elite college prospect in the 2018 draft alongside Porzingis, Ntilikina and Tim Hardaway Jr.