Knicks coach Fizdale pleasantly surprised by Porzingis progress

first_imgFILE – Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks awaits a free-throw shot during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLatvian big man Kristaps Porzingis appeared to take issue with New York Knicks coach David Fizdale’s assessment this week of his rehab status in the wake of knee surgery.After Fizdale told reporters that Porzingis was up to “light running” but added “Sprinting — he’s not at that level yet” the 23-year-old promptly posted photos on Instagram of himself sprinting on an outdoor track.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Fizdale told reporters at the Knicks practice facility on Friday that his comments the day before were based on what he’d seen of Porzingis’s progress in the gym.“I didn’t realize he had went out to the track,” Fizdale said, according to Newsday. “But I was happy as hell to see that stride, I know that. I might to out with him next time and do some power walking because, man, that got me out of the bed when I saw that!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe coach also said he realized his comments might have been mis-interpreted by Porzingis as a knock on his efforts in rehab.“I think how he took it was that people thought he wasn’t busting his hump, he took it personally, it got to him that people would think that,” Fizdale said. “And he’s really, this guy has been a terror on his workouts. I think that’s what it was in response to.” MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The absence of Porzingis hasn’t made things any easier for a Knicks team in rebuilding mode under new coach Fizdale this season. New York are 4-8 and 11th in the Eastern Conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Warriors star Curry ‘day-to-day’ with groin strain Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Porzingis underwent surgery to repair a torn left knee ligament on February 13. Fizdale said Thursday he wasn’t counting on having the 7-foot-3-inch center back this season.“I’m not planning on it,” the coach said, adding that he needed to keep his attention focused getting the most out of the players on the active roster.“That would be a huge distraction for me mentally, hoping and wishing for KP, that 25, 28 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, whatever,” Fizdale said.Porzingis hasn’t spoken to reporters since the opening day of training camp in September, when he said he was “getting itchy” to return to the court.“But it won’t happen until I am 110 percent and medically cleared,” he said, although his impatience was clear in an Instagram post two weeks ago when he captioned a photo of himself in action “I just wanna hoop.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img

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