Kristaps Porzingis' return won't be as soon as Knicks fans hoped

Kristaps Porzingis Kobe Bryant Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis Kobe Bryant Knicks

We'd like him to get on the court, we'd love to see him play, but we also acknowledge that he is a really, really important part of the long-term future of this franchise.

Team President Steve Mills said Friday the team is pleased with Porzingis' recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament ACL, and another round of testing scheduled for mid-February could clarify his timeline for his return.

It's possible that Porzingis could start practicing with the team before his February evaluation, so a return at that time is not out of the question.

He recently worked out with a coach on the court for roughly 45 minutes.

"This is a mutual process and a mutual agreement", Mills said.

For now, he is working individually with a coach, able to do some pull-up shooting and dunking. "We'll both be on the same page when we decide whatever is next".

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NY is now the No. 12 seed in the East with a 9-25 record.

"It really consists of us doing some physical testing of strength and quickness and lateral agility-type things, physical examination from the doctors and a medical examination in terms of MRIs", Mills said. "The plan is that we develop an environment that free agents should want to be here". "That's more important than any timetable this season, some point in the summer". "And then we'll come to some conclusion as to, 'Okay, this is what we're comfortable doing'".

"According to National Basketball Association sources, Knicks brass no longer views 2019 as a make-or-break free-agent summer".

It's always been speculated the summer of 2019 would be the time the New York Knicks make a big splash. Mills said Noah's off-court habits were one reason why the team made a decision to waive the veteran center before the season and stretch the final year of his four-year, $72 million contract. "Our focus is on the guys that we have right now, developing them, and also developing the environment, or the culture, that exists around our team".

Mills was the general manager at the time but others within the Knicks' front office lobbied for Noah's signing, Berman added.

As for the Knicks' 9-24 record, Mills, who hadn't spoken to the press since four days before training camp, said: "I'm not happy, we're not happy with our record".

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