Ankles are important for playing basketball, or so I’ve been told. The New York Knicks recently suffered a pair of scary incidents—injuries to the most precious ankles of Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina.
Let’s start with Kristaps, who inspired a wave of panic across the Tri-State Area when despicable monster Justise Winslow stepped on his ankle during Wednesday’s Knicks-Heat tilt. The Unicorn didn’t practice with his teammates on Friday, but fear not: He says the injury (which looked pretty freakin’ bad) isn’t as bad as it looked.
Kristaps is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Orlando. At least he has some more time to heal. He struck a cautious tone when discussing his potential return date with the media.
Kristaps Porzingis says he still has some swelling in his ankle and will continue to treat it. His status for Sunday’s game is unclear but he said that he won’t rush his return. Doesn’t want to come back at less than 100 percent, which makes sense.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 1, 2017
Thank God. Don’t you dare come back with a gimpy ankle, Kristaps.
As for Frank, who missed Wednesday’s win with an ankle sprain, he participated in most of Friday’s practice.
Frank Ntilikina (ankle) was limited in practice today but did participate in contact portions of the workout.— Barbara Barker (@meanbarb) December 1, 2017
Frank has been struggling on the court of late, so there’s no harm in him taking a few days off to watch some film and refocus. Hopefully both of our beloved young Euros come back soon...and come back 100 percent.