The surgery to repair Kristaps Porzingis’s torn ACL in his left knee was a success, according to the New York Knicks.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the surgery was successful, though the Knicks didn’t provide a timetable for when Porzingis will return.
Knicks say that Kristaps Porzingis underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. It was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery. No timetable for return has been provided yet.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 13, 2018
Sources say to expect the Unicorn to be out for at least 10 months. A specific timetable won’t be available until he starts rehab. NBA players who have recovered from an ACL tear recently took seven to 12 months to recover. The Knicks star tore his ACL last Tuesday when he dunked over Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.
“He has a great attitude about it. He knows he’s going to get back,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said on Monday, per Begley. “He knows he’s going to be back better than ever. He wishes it didn’t happen that way, but he’ll able to learn things from watching the game the rest of this year. He’s a kid who wants to be one of the best. We know he’s going to work hard to get back.”
Porzingis finishes the 2017-18 season averaging a team-best 22.7 points and leads the NBA in blocks with 2.4 blocks per game. The Unicorn was named an All-Star, even though he should be a starter, not a reserve, and was drafted by Lebron James for the All-Star Game. While he won’t be able to play in the All-Star game, Porzingis sent his Team LeBron teammates a “KP6 Porzingis Box,” which includes his brand of nutritional bars.
The Knicks are 23-35 and will most likely miss the playoffs. If they’re without their star player until after the start of next season, they’ll likely miss the playoffs again.