Porzingis confident he'll return to All-Star form

From ESPN - March 13, 2018

NEW YORK -- Injured New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis has no specific timetable for his return from ACL surgery, but he's confident that he will eventually return to All-Star form once he gets back on the court.

"I believe that I am going to come back better and stronger," Porzingis said Tuesday in his first public comments since he suffered a torn left ACL in early February.

Porzingis said he has been progressing well since undergoing surgery on Feb. 13.

"[I have] been having a positive mindset this whole time and just going day by day, doing whatever I need to," he said. "Every day is a little progress, a little something, and just moving forward and getting better every day with my knee."

The 22-year-old said it was too early in his rehab to provide a specific timetable for return. He is expected to be out at least 10 months from the date of surgery, per ESPN sources.

Porzingis said he will use his time off the court to strengthen his entire body while healing his knee.

"Not only just getting bigger and stronger but just my movement, my body, the way my body moves and all those things. That's going to be big for me also because of how long I am," the 7-foot-3 Porzingis said. "So I think I do not know how many months I have, [but] I am going to use it as efficiently as I can to come back as a better player and also work on my mind ... and come back sharp."

The injury is a brutal development for a Knicks team that is hoping to build a young core around Porzingis, who was named to the All-Star team for the first time this season.


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