Maybe we will see Kristaps Porzingis this season
In less than a month, it will be the one year anniversary since New York Knicks’ star forward Kristaps Porzingis suffered a torn ACL. Since then we’ve all been wondering whether or not he will actually play this season.
Many people–including myself–don’t feel like it’s worth it for Porzingis to play, but rather make sure he’s 100% healthy and rule out any risk of a setback if he did rush himself back.
Then you have others who would love to see KP back on the court in order to see how he looks after suffering such a serious injury last season.
Marc Berman of the New York Post says that the Knicks are willing to allow Porzingis to play this season even though the Knicks are no longer in playoff contention.
A rumor floated last week that the Knicks prefer for him to sit out the season while Porzingis wants to play, creating tension.
According to a source close to the situation, it is an off-base premise. The source said Knicks management wants him back — as long as Porzingis is mentally and physically ready to go.NY Post
The best thing the Knicks can do is allow Porzingis to decide whether or not he will play this season. Now it’s also important that their front office as well as head coach David Fizdale sit down with him and make sure that he’s mentally ready to get back on the floor.
If everything checks out and both sides are OK with Porzingis playing, then I don’t see a problem with it.
The one downside to Porzingis playing is that if he looks healthy and like he never lost a step, a team could come after him this summer and sign him as a restricted free agent.
Of course the Knicks could match any offers made to Porzingis, but if they do, it could keep them from being able to sign a player like Kevin Durant.
Right now, we do know that the San Antonio Spurs are interested in Porzingis. So that is a team to watch out for after the season.
Paul has been a professional writer since 2010 and covered the NFL for several years as a credentialed media member. Some of his work has been linked to companies like FOX Sports, MSN, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Forbes and Deadspin. He’s also appeared on sports talk radio shows from around the United States.