It’s almost like you could hear the gasps from Knick fans around the Tri-State when Porzingis went down. Watching the play happen felt like being on the worst roller coaster ride possible. Seeing him drive the ball to the hoop and then throw it down over fellow young, international superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo and then he falls to the floor and grabs his knee with excruciating pain in his face. I’m sure like many Knick fans, we thought it might just be a hyperextension or a sprain. Most ACL tears that you see in sports happen on none contact plays. But when the news came out, it shattered the hearts to millions of fans. The best thing to happen to the Knicks since Patrick Ewing just tore his knee. The 7’3 unicorn, was going to be out the rest of the season and most likely most of next year. Even with this year not meaning much to the Knicks, it was an important year for young center pieces to begin to mesh and gain trust in each other. Guys like Tim, Hardaway jr and Frank Ntilikina who are also young centerpieces, are really going to have a hard time when KP comes back. Knick fans don’t know what will happen when KP comes back. Will he be the 7’3 unicorn who averages 23 a game and leads the league in blocks. Or will he face the devastation fate of other athletes who never fully recovered from their ACL injury.
With KP going down the tank is officially on, and Knicks management had to do something to help keep some excitement in the organization until the NBA draft. They sent away Willy Hernangomez, who was asking for a trade for quite some time due to his lack of minutes, for two second round pick and Forward Johnny O’Bryant who ended up getting released. I like the trade because we get a couple second round picks that could give us youth or be packaged in another deal. Knicks made another deal that I’m really excited about. They got Emmanuel Mudiay from Denver in a 3-team deal for Doug Mcdermott. Mudiay was a 2015 lottery pick who is still only 21 years old, and a 6’5 playmaker. Its a low risk trade especially because Mudiay is a free agent at the end of this year. So far thought he has looked like a great addition to the Knicks and his playmaking is already the best on the team. Jeff Hornacek has been playing Mudiay alongside Frank in the few games since the trade. This dual point guard lineup looks like something that might be here to stay, even when KP comes back from injury. the line up has worked well on both ends mostly because of Frank’s ability to guard both guard positions, with his quick hand and 7’0 wingspan. A lot of Knick fans were not happy to see the Knicks make a play for another point guard, but with both guys playing alongside each other Franks minutes have not decreased. Actually they’ve gone up as Jeff Hornacek has already said he will be lowering Jarred Jack’s minutes and playing his younger point guards in Mudiay and Ntilikina. I am excited to see both these guys develop together if the Knicks decide to sign Mudiay. Mudiay seems to be more confident bring the ball down the court than Frank, but I do think Frank will be able to develop into a combo guard. There isn’t much to root for as a Knick fan right now, but if you wanted to desperately hold onto one thing, it would be the Knicks young guards.