NBA notebook: Knicks' Porzingis (knee) expected out 10 months

NBA notebook: Knicks' Porzingis (knee) expected out 10 months
By Reuters

14/02/2018 at 00:29Updated 14/02/2018 at 00:30

New York Knicks All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis underwent surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The team did not provide a timeline for Porzingis' return, but ESPN reports
that the 7-foot-3 Latvian is expected to be out for at least 10 months, the
standard timeline for a torn ACL return. The surgery took place exactly one
week after Porzingis' knee buckled as he landed after a dunk against the
Milwaukee Bucks on Feb. 6.

The injury and surgery come at a difficult time for Porzingis and the Knicks,
with the team facing the decision of whether to extend his rookie contract
while he's still recovering. The rehab will be ongoing during his rookie-scale
extension window this offseason.

Porzingis was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and an NBA-best 2.4 blocks
per game in his third NBA season, earning his first career All-Star selection.

--Instead of leading timeouts during Golden State's 129-83 blowout win at
Phoenix on Monday night, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr decided to let his
players handle the huddles during in-game breaks on the sideline.

Presumably already upset over losing at home by 46 points, veteran Suns
forward Jared Dudley admitted his displeasure to ESPN afterward.

"It shows a lack of respect for an opponent, and maybe right now, we don't
deserve respect," Dudley said. "When you keep getting beat by 40, teams won't
respect you. But it's up to us to change that."

For his part, Kerr explained his reasoning to reporters afterward, saying he
was trying to jolt a team on cruise control in the middle of an 82-game
season.

--A familiar face rejoined the Bucks' organization on Tuesday, as the
Wisconsin Herd, Milwaukee's G League affiliate, announced the acquisition of
former first-round pick Brandon Jennings off waivers.

"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Brandon back to the Bucks organization
and introduce him to the Herd family," Herd general manager and Bucks vice
president of basketball operations Dave Dean said in a statement. "Brandon has
played at the highest levels all over the world and we look forward to him
calling Oshkosh home."

Jennings was selected 10th overall by the Bucks in the 2009 draft and spent
the first four seasons of his NBA career with Milwaukee, averaging 17.0 points
and 5.7 assists over that time. The 28-year-old point guard has career
averages of 14.3 points and 5.7 assists across his seven NBA seasons. Jennings
will make his debut with the Herd on Feb. 21 and will wear No. 10 for the
team.

--Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball took part in his first contact practice
since being diagnosed with a sprained left MCL suffered Jan. 13 against the
Dallas Mavericks, but he won't return to game action prior to this weekend's
All-Star break.

"We're not gonna play him tomorrow," Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters
after Tuesday's practice. "With the back-to-back and a week off after that,
the progress is great but it just doesn't make sense to risk it right now."

The Lakers will play back-to-back road games against the New Orleans Pelicans
on Wednesday and Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday before enjoying a week off
and returning to action against the Mavericks on Feb. 23. Ball has missed 13
straight games as a result of the injury.

--Field Level Media

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