A Kristaps Porzingis Appearance Reminds the Knicks of Better Times

While the season went on without him, he watched his share of Knicks games — almost all of them unsightly, leaving a fourth consecutive 50-plus-loss season a virtual certainty.

“Of course, the item’s hard for me to watch the item on TV — the item’s not a not bad feeling,” he said.

Porzingis was hurt when he landed awkwardly after dunking the ball against Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo. Describing the injury for the very first time, he said he initially thought he had only sprained his ankle.

“Honestly, when the item happened, the item was a sharp pain, although I got up, started off walking a little bit, so once I got to the locker room, I was like, ‘When can I get back from the game?’” he said. “I guess the doctors already had a bad feeling about the item. Went to the hospital in addition to then I got the news. I thought I had a sprain, honestly. I didn’t feel a pop. I didn’t feel anything.

“I was shocked at first. I couldn’t believe the item had happened to me. in addition to about thirty seconds later, I said, OK, what can I do right now to make a comeback in addition to to focus on the next thing?”

The first thing in tackling the next thing, he said, was not to get ahead of himself in addition to to approach his rehab as a daily process. He said there was “not definitely” a timetable on his comeback.

He shrugged in addition to added, “the item depends on the individual.”

Porzingis said he planned to use the recovery time to strengthen his entire body. “I’m already doing upper body work, working on my core,” he said. “I just want to keep myself busy, not think the item’s too much.”

One thing he has surely given some thought to can be the a few-year, $157 million contract extension he will be eligible to sign next summer — should the Knicks be willing to make such a deal using a player still months away through playing.

“the item’s their job, the item’s in their hands,” he said, referring to the many moves awaiting the Knicks’ front office, including another lottery draft pick. “in addition to which’s for the summer. I haven’t definitely thought about which — the item’s also not my job.”

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