Knicks' Porzingis: Focused on rehab, not coaching search

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Apr 15 2018 09:25 AM

New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis. File Photo

New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis is happy to let the team's front office focus on hiring a new coach while he continues prioritizing his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered in February.

"That's [management's] job. They're going to do their part and I'm going to do my part. We'll keep it like that," Porzingis told reporters Saturday before meeting with team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry.

The Knicks fired Jeff Hornacek after two seasons earlier this week and have already been linked to several potential replacements.

Among the reported candidates are Villanova's Jay Wright, former Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale and former Cavaliers coach David Blatt.

"The situation is what it is. I'm sure the front office, they will make the right decisions and build something that can go a long way," Porzingis said. "I think they will make the right decisions, so we have to trust them."

Porzingis underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL on Feb. 13 and was initially expected to be out for at least 10 months. He was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and an NBA-best 2.4 blocks per game at the time of his injury, earning his first career All-Star selection.

The Knicks can offer the 22-year-old Latvian a five-year, $157 million extension during free agency this offseason. Porzingis reiterated Saturday that he wants to stay in New York long term.

"Of course, I love this place as I've said before, and right now I'm just focused on the knee," he said.

"I expect myself to heal like a lizard," Porzingis added. "I'm happy about how the rehab is going. It's an injury that even if everything is going smoothly, you still have to have a lot of patience, and you have to go step by step. We're taking our time and we're making sure we're doing everything right.

"For myself, of course. I want to be back as soon as possible. But there's no timetable. We don't want to give out any dates. We'll see as we go when I can come back."

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