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Kristaps Porzingis’ ACL injury has ‘the best prognosis,’ surgeon says

Kristaps Porzingis continues to rehab after tearing the ACL in his left knee in February and subsequently undergoing season-ending surgery. According to his surgeon, Dr. David Altchek, a complete recovery for Porzingis has “the best prognosis” because there was no cartilage or ligament damage.

Altchek’s optimistic characterization concerning the progress of the New York Knicks star’s rehabilitation was featured in the second episode of the documentary, “Porzingis’ Comeback.”

Altcheck’s encouraging prognosis comes on the heels of similarly optimistic comments from Carlon Colker, Porzingis’ performance doctor, who said in May that the star’s “aggressive rehab is at a jaw-dropping rate.”

Amid the comments from Porzingis’ surgeon, New Knicks head coach David Fizdale interestingly suggested this week that having Porzingis play at small forward could be an option once he returns to the court.

However, the initial timetable for Porzingis’ recovery was estimated to be anywhere from nine to 10 months or possibly even up to one year, meaning there’s virtually no chance Porzingis will be ready for the start of the 2018-19 NBA season.

With that in mind, there’s no reason for the Knicks to get too far ahead of themselves with plans concerning the superstar. And that goes despite all indications from Porzingis’ medical team that he may in fact make a full recovery.

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