Another star is out. What is going on? New York Knicks first time All Star Kristaps Porzingis has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. Therefore, we will not see the beloved unicorn for 2-6 months. Tragedy.
New York Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2018
Porzingis suffered the knee injury after dunking on Giannis Antetokounmpo. He landed hard on his left knee and then immediately fell to the ground and clutched it. He was then escorted off the court.
This is it. This is the end. Kristaps Porzingis suffers knee injury after dunking on Giannis Antetokounmpo, carried to locker room. pic.twitter.com/fqQK5TTbDy
— Kristaps Wobzingis (@World_Wide_Wob) February 7, 2018
After undergoing an MRI, it was confirmed that Porzingis had torn his ACL.
Medical Update: An MRI confirmed that Kristaps Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 7, 2018
UPMC Health Beat states that recovery after surgery can take anywhere between two to six months. This throws a wrench into an already mediocre Knicks season. Porzingis was leading the team with 22.9 points per game and 2.38 blocks per game while also adding 6.7 rebounds per game. If the Knicks had any playoff hopes, they might have just limped off the court with Porzingis.
This injury is NOT career ending. NBA players who have suffered ACL injuries have came back before. This included Kyle Lowry, Shaun Livingston, and Derrick Rose.
Players in other sports who have also suffered ACL tears include Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Alex Morgan and Rob Gronkowski. This injury won’t be the end of Porziņģis‘ career.