They were doing so well. In the first year of an effective rebuild and not long after being selected to his first ever All-Star game, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has suffered a torn ACL in his team’s 103-89 loss to Milwaukee. The injury came after the 7’3″ Latvian Unicorn dunked over fellow anomaly Giannis Antetokounmpo and landed awkwardly on his left leg and immediately went down in pain.
“More than a basketball player, he’s my brother,” Knicks center Enes Kanter told reporters after the game. “I don’t want to see anyone going down like that, hurting his knee. He’s about to be an All-Star. I’m just going to pray for him tonight. He is the most important part of our family.”
Kanter is right, Porzingis is like the son with the Netflix subscription, making him the most important part of the family. The rebuild in New York centered around Porzingis, who has gone from draft day disappointment to a league superstar. While surgery still hasn’t been scheduled, the injury ends Porzingis’ season. He was leading the NBA with 2.4 blocks per game while scoring 22.7 points per.