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"But then he instantly switched to, 'I've got to take on this new journey".

The last image of Kristaps Porzingis at Madison Square Garden after the thrill of the dunk in the second quarter over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the tragedy of seeing his 7-foot-3 frame crumped on the hardwood, grasping at his left knee and pounding the floor in pain, was an optimistic one. Well, Kristaps is going to coming off a serious injury that could possibly affect his jump shot, speed, and dunking/shot-blocking ability. Porzingis is expected to be sidelined for at least 10 months after surgery.

"It's definitely a tough blow", Lee said. "It was a tough day for the organization, tough day for the young man".

"If somebody offers us [a point guard], we're going to sure look for him, " Perry said. You always think about the young person at first. Yes, it probably would, the Knicks if they got Lebron would probably be one of the best teams in the East if LeBron came to MSG.

The Porzingis injury will impact how the Knicks approach the trade deadline.

The Knicks are now 23-32 and 11th in the Eastern Conference and have lost four in a row. With that goal no longer attainable, NY has shifted its focus to the 2018 National Basketball Association draft and the future. The club additionally hopes to trade exiled center Joakim Noah before Thursday afternoon's deadline.

Yet another NBA All-Star has gone down to injury.

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The Knicks would be wise to grab as many 2018 draft picks as possible. Porzingis was playing like an MVP candidate, Tim Hardaway Jr. was making this SI writer look like an idiot and the team appeared to have cleansed itself of Phil Jackson's stench.

The future of the franchise largely revolves around Porzingis' rehabilitation and his eventual return to the court, but the Knicks front office also needs to figure out who will be on this team in the future. But the rehab and recovery is a long process. But Perry believes that the club's medical staff can help Porzingis return to his pre-injury form.

"Obviously, he's devastated that he has that injury", coach Jeff Hornacek said.

"We did our job", he said. "Whenever that time is when he's back on the court, we expect him to be back at full strength and better than ever". We want to continue to fight. Plus we have seen mix results in how players recover. "I just went up to get the ball".

The next few outings will be very interesting ones for the Knicks, as it will determine how they'll compensate for Porzingis' loss. This summer, Porzingis will be eligible for a five-year, $157 million extension, with a starting salary of $27 million.

Injury report: Toronto's injury report is clear. More importantly, they need him to prove he can accept the mantle of being the face of a franchise in NY - no easy task - and that he could more than live up to the responsibilities that come with it. Perry said O'Bryant will be waived.

"We're evaluating the entire season", Perry said. Forget basketball, as a friend, as a little brother, it's hard to see anybody go through that but to see him deal with that.


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