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All season Porzingis didn’t travel with the Knicks on the road and the front office claimed he stopped attending practices toward the end of his tenure. But with the Mavericks, Porzingis is clearly more comfortable.
“He is traveling with us, he’s involved in practice,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said before his team faced the Nets on Monday in Brooklyn. “He’s vocal in huddles and stuff during the game, which is great. Categorically, he appears to me to be a leader which is something you can’t have enough of. All the signs point in a really great direction.”
Porzingis will not play this season as he rehabs from ACL surgery, according to Carlisle, and it’s “doubtful” he’ll even practice. Sources said he’s been medically cleared to play but wants to use more time off to strengthen in a way that prevents future injuries.
The Mavericks have fully embraced Porzingis’ plan for rehab, allowing the Latvian’s personal medical team to be part of the process. Porzingis’ physiotherapist, Manolo Valdivjeso, traveled with him to Dallas.
“They had a plan in place and we’re helping them facilitate executing their plan,” Carlisle said. “And I know our trainers – our strength trainers and medicals – are adding value to that. So, it’s a win-win as far as I can see.”
Kristaps Porzingis is in Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/W5CfPQixZU— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) March 5, 2019
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