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New York Knicks fans can exhale as David Fizdale confirms he and Kristaps Porzingis are now on the same page concerning his rehab progress.

Danny Small

Thursday was a confusing day for the New York Knicks. First, David Fizdale spoke about Kristaps Porzingis’ rehab process, mentioning that KP had not yet begun sprinting. Hours later, Porzingis posted photos of himself sprinting, directly contradicting Fizdale’s comments from earlier.

There was a clear disconnect between coach and star player — one that caused fans to pause. But on Friday, the miscommunication was resolved with haste.


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It’s no surprise that Porzingis was miffed when every Knicks beat writer, blogger, and fan on Twitter began discussing his “slow” progress. Posting the photos was his way of telling the world he’s well on his way.

But Knicks fans shouldn’t be too concerned with this miscommunication. Fizdale cleaned up this mess rather quickly. He threw cold water on this story before the story had any real traction. In past years, a story like this would drag on for longer, raising more questions than answers.

But not this time around. Fizdale’s handling of the situation highlights his ability to put his hand up and say, “my bad.” That’s not always easy for a high-profile coach to do and it’s something that is a refreshing change of pace in New York.

We’ve heard this same type of sentiment from Fizdale before. When the Knicks lost a close game to the Boston Celtics, Fiz took the blame for a late sideline out of bounds that went haywire.

Similar to the Celtics game, this may have been a slip up on Fizdale’s part. But not a major slip up and his lightning-quick recovery is the most important takeaway from this series of events.

Oh, and Kristaps Porzingis is definitely sprinting.

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