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Knicks' Porzingis: Focused on rehab, not coaching search

Knicks' Porzingis: Focused on rehab, not coaching search

"I'm sure the front office, they will make the right decisions and build something that can go a long way", he stated (h/t ESPN).

All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis says he doesn't need to have any input on the New York Knicks' coaching search.

The New York Knicks have an opportunity to reward him for his loyalty through a trying season.

Over the last few days, names like former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson and former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale have surfaced as potential candidates to replace Hornacek. "I hope they call me". But his first shot as a head coach in the National Basketball Association was as successful as it was abbreviated, with an 83-40 regular season record and an Eastern Conference title over less than two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 43-year-old Stackhouse has been at the helm of the Raptors' G-League affiliate for two seasons following one year as a Raptors assistant.

Last year's drama-filled offseason created concern that Kristaps Porzingis' time in NY would end before it could even truly begin. "I love this place", he said.

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Given the general level of ineptitude, and at times dysfunction, enjoyed by the Knicks since James Dolan became majority owner, the head coach is never on stable ground.

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Porzingis will be a restricted free agent in 2019 but could have a $150 million contract extension this summer, which may not happen now because of his season-ending ACL tear. "It's tough to imagine already that decision and me trying to make that decision right now".

"I expect myself to heal like a lizard", Porzingis added. "I want to come back more fluid".

There is no timetable for Porzingis' return, but he is expected to be sidelined until at least December.


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