Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
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According to Dr. Carlon Colker, Kristaps Porzingis’ recovery is going well and he thinks KP will be better than ever before.

Back in a Feb. 6th matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks‘ big man Kristaps Porzingis suffered a torn ACL after coming down awkwardly on his left knee.

Fortunately for Porzingis and the Knicks, the 7-foot-3 specimen appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Ever since suffering his gruesome ACL-tear, Porzingis has been working out and recovering with Dr. Carlon Colker who’s working on strengthening the big man’s physical power and base, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.

“My speciality is power — physical power and base and connection to power,’’ said Colker, whose former clients include Shaquille O’Neal, Allan Houston and Andre Agassi. “Whether swinging a racket or a big man moving in the low post, it’s a connection to the base and hips.’’

Colker says Porzingis will be “phenomenal” once he returns to the court and should be able to do so a lot sooner than at first envisioned.

“It’s a function of the Knicks, erring on the side of caution. You don’t want to make a bad call if you’re running the team. But I’ll tell you, when he comes back in late August he’s going to blow them away. They’re not going to be believe the condition he’ll be in. He’s going to be phenomenal.’’

In addition to being able to return sooner than expected, Colker also believes Porzingis will be an improved player.

“I know he’s going to be ready to play top of the season and going to blow people away. If you were surprised last year compared to the year before, wait till you see this year. It’ll be even better.”

Porzingis averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in 32.4 minutes a night in 48 games played this season. He did so while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and a career-high 39.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Robbie Stratakos is a New York Knicks/Giants Beat Writer for Elite Sports NY (ESNY); he also covers the NBA nationally. He previously wrote at Last Word On Pro Basketball and Empire Writes Back. In addition to writing for ESNY, Robbie is an MLB columnist at Baseball Essential. He previously wrote at HardBallScoop - part of Scout/CBS Interactive/247Sports, Last Word On Baseball and District On Deck. He is attending Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Follow him on twitter @RPStratakos