Kristaps Porzingis
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 Kristaps Porzingis is loving life with the Dallas Mavericks and he’s making significant progress in his return from ACL surgery.

Knicks fans are still sick over the Kristaps Porzingis trade. They can deny it, but it will be hard to watch for many when the Latvian sensation returns to the court. There will always be the questions of what could have been in New York.

But fortunately for Porzingis, he’s making significant progress in his recovery and he’s loving life with the Dallas Mavericks. Tim Cato of The Athletic reports that Porzingis has participated in live 3-on-3 and should make a full return to practice “soon.”

“I’m feeling great,” KP told Caron Butler on Tuesday. “I’m super excited about the opportunity to be back on the court soon. I’m getting the itch. You know I’ve been getting the itch for a long time to get back on the court. And now that I’m actually with the team 100 percent, I just can’t wait.”

Porzingis’ health is a major concern. With his slight frame, it’s unclear how strong he will come back from major knee surgery. Dallas took a chance by acquiring Porzingis. But if he can return to the All-Star form he showcased in New York, the Mavericks will be dangerous.

The Mavs took a big risk in acquiring the injury-prone Porzingis. The plan is to bring him in and convince him to sign a long-term deal. Thus far, it sounds like KP is buying into the culture in Dallas.

“There’s a culture, you can feel that,” Porzingis said. “Guys like Dirk [Nowitzki] like JJ [Barea] they’ve built that culture and they’re a really important part of this organization. Just seeing all those great personalities being in this organization, being a part of this culture makes me want to be a part of it.”

The grass is always greener on the other side. Porzingis was a malcontent in New York and his desire to leave New York ultimately forced the Knicks to trade him.

Of course, with the current dysfunction engulfing the organization, it’s hard to blame Porzingis for wanting out.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.