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How does the injury change the future of the Knicks?

How hard was the blow to the future of Kristaps Porzingis when he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday?
This injury, which occurred when Porzingis fell on the ankle of Giannis Antetokounmpo after having made a dunk, was bad from the beginning. Soon after, the New York Knicks gave the devastating news: An MRI confirmed the fracture of the anterior cruciate ligament. Without a doubt, his season is over.
Now, we must concentrate on Porzingis’ recovery from his injury and his long-term future. What can we expect, and how does this affect the reconstruction that is currently taking place in New York?
Consequences of time lost during the next season
Apart from being absent for the rest of this season, Porzingis will probably have to extend his rehabilitation until well into the 2018-19 season. A couple of players who suffered tears in their anterior cruciate ligaments are good examples for the analysis. Chicago Bulls point guard Zach LaVine, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 3, 2017, returned to the field last month, specifically on January 13, with three weeks left to complete the year. his injury. Meanwhile, Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker made an appearance in his first game of the season on Friday, 51 weeks after his fractured anterior cruciate ligament, which occurred on February 8.

Given the importance of Porzingis for the future of New York, the organization will want to be cautious with its development and ensure it is 100 percent before playing again, similar to the way the Bulls and Knicks handled their young players. While a sooner comeback is certainly possible (and it used to be common in yesteryear times), I would not dream of seeing Porzingis back in the NBA action until at least January 2019.
That schedule certainly affects the way in which the Knicks will handle the change deadline this week and the next offseason. Playing half a season without Porzingis would make it difficult for New York to compete for a playoff spot in 2018-19, which could cause the organization to focus on the following season, two seasons after the current season.


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