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Jeff Hornacek reacts to pic of Kristaps Porzingis shooting on court

A photograph of Kristaps Porzingis taking a shot on a court at his New York apartment building is more or less much ado about nothing, so says New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Porzingis is barely a month removed from undergoing successful surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, a procedure that occurred on Feb. 13. Porzingis suffered the injury in a game the week before against the Milwaukee Bucks following a dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The notion Porzingis is already back on the court certainly has raised some eyebrows, although it does not appear to have had that impact on Hornacek.

“Technically I don’t know what he’s allowed to do from the doctors. Once you have a surgery like that — I had not that extensive of a knee surgery — you want to get out there, you want to shoot,” Hornacek said Monday before the Knicks’ 110-92 victory over the Chicago Bulls, via the New York Post. “I’m sure he’s being smart about that stuff. If you’re just standing there shooting that’s not going to have any effect. As far as I know there’s no basketball things he’s involved with.”

The current expectation is that Porzingis is unlikely to get back into the Knicks’ lineup until January 2019, and even that at this point ought to be considered a best-case scenario.

The Knicks not surprisingly have missed the 7-foot-3 Latvian’s presence. Sitting at 26-45, the Knicks are simply playing out the string at best or at worst attempting to improve their positioning in the NBA Draft Lottery. The Knicks, however, have won two straight games, although that only puts the team 2-8 in their previous 10.

Porzingis’ return next season of course will be eagerly anticipated. And yet the Knicks would be wise to not force things and make sure the 22-year-old superstar is fully healthy before giving him the green light to play.