The severity of the injury, to Porzingis’ left knee, is not believed to be serious; Knicks coach Derek Fisher expects Porzingis to participate in both training camp practices on Friday.
Porzingis suffered the injury in practice on Wednesday evening.
“It’s just like a wrong movement and a got a little pinch in the knee,” the 7-3 power forward said after practice. “But it’s fine. I practiced today limited and then they pulled me off. Tomorrow I’ll be going 100 percent.”
Porzingis said it was a non-contact injury suffered in a drill with no defenders.
He was examined by the team’s medical staff but no tests were performed. Fisher said Porzingis “tweaked his IT band”, an injury that is sometimes related to overuse.
“Five-on-zero [drill] just something happened. It’s not a big deal,” he said.
Obviously, the Knicks and Porzingis are hoping that the injury heals with no issue.
For what it's worth, the rookie also suffered a hip injury during his pre-draft workout with the Knicks and missed two weeks of training prior to the Las Vegas Summer League.
Porzingis has added 11 pounds of muscle since the end of Summer League.
He says he’s comfortable playing with the added weight but intimated that his injury may have been the result of participating in two training camp practices per day.
“It’s two hard practices everyday so that probably -- my legs, little sore -- so maybe that’s what caused the whole thing on the knee,” Porzingis said.
The knee injury aside, teammates and coaches have been impressed with the 20-year-old Latvian thus far.
Fisher sees a different player than the one he coached in Summer League.
“I think physically he’s definitely filled out some and is stronger. I think he just looks more sure of what’s going to happen,” Fisher said. “When you don’t really know what something feels like it’s tough to go out and feel comfortable and confident in who you are. He just seems more settled in terms of what to expect playing in the NBA. The size and strength of guys that he’s going to be playing against -- there’s a more relaxed nature that you see.”
Grant can play PG and SG: Fisher said rookie Jerian Grant can play point guard and shooting guard for the Knicks.
“I think he can put the basketball in hole like guys who played [shooting guard]. But he’s also a good ball handler and decision-maker in terms of being able to kind of lead an offense as a guard,” Fisher said. “We don’t necessarily describe guys as ‘1’ and ‘2’. We kind of just like guards. And he fits that mold really well.
“Defensively I think the same way. I think he’s a guy that can cover both positions. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity when we had it.”
High-character roster? Fisher was asked about his team’s strength at this point in the season.
“Character. A professional mindset,” he said. “You’re not in the NBA if you’re not talented so I don’t think we have to get into who’s talented. But just the character of group and the way we’re approaching what’s going on daily, I think those are going to be the strengths.”…. The coach also addressed the idea that the Knicks’ roster seems a bit unbalanced with eight potential power forwards/centers and six guards/wings. He said New York couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to sign Kevin Seraphin late in the summer. “When you have an opportunity in the range that we were able to add Kevin I don’t think you can run away from that,” he said.