Porzingis suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Knicks' loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. The seemingly only positive aspect of the entire franchise will have his season's enduring image be one of him down on the court clutching his knee in pain. Here's what the injury could mean for NY and the All-Star long-term.
Porzingis has been the Knicks best player in what has been a dismal 2017-18 season. The results of the scan confirmed the worst fears of the Knicks and their fans: Porzingis, 22, tore his ACL, and will likely be looking at an extended recovery following surgery. He is due to play in the All-Star game later this month for LeBron James team.
Given Porzingis' importance to New York's future, the organization will want to be cautious with his development and ensure he's 100 percent before playing again, much the same as how the Bulls and Bucks handled their young players.
Porzingis, 22, is averaging 22.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and a league-leading 2.4 blocks per game.
This isn't the first time Porzingis has had issues with his left knee either. Hopefully, Porzingis is back on his feet in no time and the injury bug takes a break for a while. Kanter revealed after the game that he will need oral surgery to fix a gash in his mouth that was being held together by stitches. Obviously, this injury impacts the youngster's progression.