New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis suffered a National Basketball Association season-ending knee injury on Tuesday in his team's 103-89 defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks. Porzingis suffered a torn ACL, and he will not be on an National Basketball Association court for at least another eight months, possibly 12 months (which means he could miss most of next season to go along with missing the rest of this years National Basketball Association campaign).
He could potentially miss the start of next season as well, as we have recently seen two players only just return after tearing their ACL's last February. Perry said there is now "an opportunity for a lot of younger players to get out there and show what they can do". It's worth taking a flier on either of them - Beasley first - as we wait to see how New York's frontcourt rotation will shake out sans Porzingis and/or following the trade deadline.
The trade deadline is Thursday, and Knicks brass is still trying to get over the shock of losing Porzingis. Porzingis needed to be helped off the floor by two teammates, and he wasn't putting much weight on his left leg.
That appeared to be the case Wednesday when they sent center Willy Hernangomez, voted to the All-Rookie first team last season, to Charlotte. "Youth will be on his side in terms of his ability to heal and fight through this and come back bigger, better and stronger".
The team made the announcement on its Twitter account Wednesday. Unfortunately, unless the rest of your leaguemates are asleep at the wheel, you aren't going to find someone on the waiver wire who's matching the 7-footer's 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, league-leading 2.4 blocks and 1.9 triples.
Perry said this doesn't change his outlook, and he will do everything he can to make sure the Knicks are a better team when Porzingis is able to rejoin them.
Knicks point guard Ron Baker underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his injured right shoulder Wednesday and is expected to be ready for training camp, the Knicks announced. The Knicks are 23-32 and probably were not heading for the playoffs, but this will set them back even further.
"If there's a deal that we feel is going to make our team better not only in the short-term, but in the long run, we're going to be open to doing it".