With his left leg immobilized he walked out and gave a thumbs up. KP is still the star in NY, but instead of having a year as the go-to guy under his belt, he'll have to rebuild those bona fides after a serious knee injury.
"If somebody offers us [a point guard], we're going to sure look for him, " Perry said. "We wouldn't want to put him out there in any risk", he added.
"So obviously it was a hard blow for him personally and for this organization, but we're going to stick together". A tough day for the organization.
"We've got tremendous confidence in our medical group here that he's going to make more than a full recovery", Perry said. "And we're going to be here to support him every step of the way".
The Knicks had drafted Weiss (over Ron Artest) the previous year, and the Frenchman never played a game in the National Basketball Association. A 7-foot-3 forward from Latvia, Porzingis possessed a skillset that caused Kevin Durant to dub him a "unicorn" during his rookie season, and made him look like a future all-star from the moment he began his career. It's hard to properly gauge how the injury could affect Porzingis's future-and it would definitely be reckless to speculate.
National Basketball Association players who have torn their ACL in the last five years have been sidelined from ninth to 20 months. "It's a solid year".
The injury is now a fairly serious setback for someone who was finally getting to put his stamp on the franchise. "But we'll see where conversations lead us".
"It depends on the procedure, if they use his own tendon or a cadaver graft". Either way, Chao says Porzingis is unlikely to be fully recovered in eight months. "He is obviously a very important member of this basketball team and this organization and a part of this NY community".
"He is a competitor, man. I'm ready for it, '" teammate Courtney Lee said after speaking to Porzingis late on Tuesday.
The rest of the Knicks' frontcourt rotation, however, remains far less clear.
The Knicks probably would have needed to find some help by Thursday's trade deadline, and perhaps they would have tried given Porzingis' stated desire for a playoff push. Kanter announced on Twitter that he received 30 stitches in his mouth to fix a cut that re-opened during Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.
The Knicks entered their game against the Bucks four games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, having lost 10 of 14.
"Obviously he was devastated that he has that injury and so are we", Coach Jeff Hornacek said. "KP missed a few games". Perry said Porzingis' injury had "no connection" to his decision to trade Hernangomez. DeRozan is averaging 24.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He did a lot for us, rebounding or blocking shots, being that guy for us that opened up the floor for everybody else. We ran some different sets, we worked on spacing and just playing with different lineups out there. "We'll be able to move forward from that point". "We got the ball moving a little bit, but again, it came from our defensive intensity".