The Dallas Mavericks announced on Friday, August 28 local time, that Kristaps Porzingis had a torn meniscus in his right knee. Injuries sustained since Game 1 of the first-round playoff series between the Mavs and the LA Clippers in the NBA “bubble”. Mavericks issued an official statement that KP will miss the playoffs.
But that statement raises many timbus questions. In particular, about the future of the Latvian player.
“This is very disappointing. Very frustrating,
said Porzingis in a virtual interview, Saturday, August 29 US time.” But I learned how to accept those feelings, and look forward. “
At the same time, Porzingis refused to accept the odds of this season. Meaning, he had absolutely no wish for a quick return. Although the Mavericks still have a chance to appear in the next round.
The first question was straightforward about the injury. What about the injury, and the worst case scenario.
KP replied that it depends on the nature of the tear. He may need surgery and has not played this season. But if it’s only a small tear, KP only needs rest and rehabilitation for eight weeks. Because, when the tear appeared, KP was still productive in the second and third games.
“I’m not sure about surgery,” he said. “My health staff and I hope the injection that I do can help healing. But it depends on how changes I feel in the next few weeks.”
Actually KP still hopes to appear again. But the team’s health staff have ruled out this possibility. Meanwhile, Head Coach Rick Carlisle tried to cheer him up by saying, “KP still has a chance to play, if we can advance to the next round.”
Optimism can go a long way toward healing an injury. However, looking at the NBA calendar (including the Final which is planned for September 30), KP has closed the opportunity to play. What is clear, KP will not play in the sixth game between the Mavs and the Clippers which will be held on Sunday, August 30 local time. Mavs are now trailing 2-3 over the Clippers.
“If this is the end of my season it will be a bittersweet end. Although I think I can still continue the competition,” said Porzingis. “I’m now starting to find a rhythm, and I’m starting to play basketball better.”
Then, is it worth it if KP is convicted of suffering a serious knee injury?
The 2.21 meter tall player does have a history of knee injuries in the past. The left knee received rehabilitation for 20 months. He tore through the ACL in February 2018, while still with the New York Knicks. Then, still recovering from his injury when he moved to Dallas.
His left knee is now fine.
Instead KP began to feel problems in his right knee. He missed 10 consecutive games from December 31 to January 17, due to pain in his right knee. Mavs thought it was only a minor problem. In fact, not.
Maybe KP is just “out of luck” in this case. Meniscus tears are common in basketball. Because often players experience because they make the wrong move, forcing the knee to move in the wrong direction. Although it can heal without surgery, it will cause problems in old age.
Operations may be required in this case of KP. Jeff Stotts of DallasBasketball.com reports that KP will be thoroughly examined. Is it just a meniscus injury, or is there a cartilage damage that causes the injury. If there is damage, then surgery must be performed.
This time about his future. KP has a chance to recover, but has to change his style of play. There is an idea that KP doesn’t have to run and jump in the future. Because the player who has just signed a contract worth US $ 158 million is prone to injury, especially in the knee. Is it because of his height, 2.21 meters, or because of his wrong playing style. If it is the second case that causes him to be prone to injury, then there must be changes.
“I’m not worried about it (the injury). These things are natural in a basketball player’s life. All I can do is focus on my way of avoiding negative moves that cause injury,” said Porzingis.