Kristaps Porzingis’ doc: ‘His aggressive rehab is at a jaw-dropping rate’
Kristaps Porzingis continues to rehab after tearing the ACL in his left knee in February and subsequently undergoing season-ending surgery.
And to hear it from Carlon Colker, Porzingis’ performance doctor, the Knicks superstar’s headstrong approach to recovery has been impressive.
“KP is doing great in Madrid,’’ Colker said, via Marc Berman of the New York Post. “His aggressive rehab is at a jaw-dropping rate. In conjunction, his body is already looking beastly. By September, he’ll be almost non-recognizable with his shirt off. We’re working on increasing his lean muscle mass and also training for a functionality and ruggedness to compliment his game.’’
Interestingly, one aspect of Berman’s report is, as noted by Colker, is that Porzingis is rehabbing in Madrid, not his native Latvia. While Porzingis has strong ties to the area, Berman notes it is yet another example of how it’s “not uncommon for Porzingis to go rogue” as it relates to the young superstar’s penchant to opt against working closely and more directly with the Knicks during the offseason.
That said, Knicks general manager Scott Perry indicated the team is aware of Porzingis’ approach despite a change in location.
“Things are moving on as expected,’’ Perry said Tuesday at the lottery. “We’re looking forward to monitoring him throughout the summer.”
Perry, however, stopped short of setting a timeline regarding when Porzingis would return to basketball activities. The initial timetable for Porzingis’ recovery was estimated to be anywhere from nine to 10 months or possibly even up to one year. With that in mind, there’s no chance Porzingis will be ready for the start of the 2018-19 NBA season, despite the way he’s attacking rehab.
On another front, recently hired Knicks head coach David Fizdale expressed hope at repairing the organization’s somewhat tenuous relationship with Porzingis. Part of that approach involves Fizdale’s intent to travel to visit Porzingis in the coming weeks. Fizdale presumably at the point will get a good glimpse at just how far along Porzingis is in his recovery.