Kristaps Porzingis has not started running nine months after having ACL surgery

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5464/" data-ylk="slk:Kristaps Porzingis">Kristaps Porzingis</a> is still trying to get back after ACL surgery. (AP Photo)
Kristaps Porzingis is still trying to get back after ACL surgery. (AP Photo)

New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis hasn’t made much progress in his recovery from ACL surgery. Nine months have passed since the procedure, and Porzingis has yet to begin running, according to the New York Daily News.

That’s exactly where the 23-year-old Porzingis was during training camp in late September. Weeks have passed since then and Porzingis is still shooting and doing light jogging.

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Porzingis tore his ACL during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks in February. The injury ended a promising season in which Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, and made his first All-Star team.

The team is unclear whether Porzingis will be able to return this season, according to the Daily News.

If Porzingis is unable to return, that could put him in a tough spot. Porzingis is set to become a restricted free agent next July. The Knicks can match any offer, and have expressed a desire to re-sign Porzingis in the past. It’s unclear whether that would change if there are still concerns about his injury.

Without Porzingis, the Knicks have gone 4-8 to open the season.

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