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Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis uncertain for Summer League due to hip tightness


The Knicks would undoubtedly like to begin their development of Kristaps Porzingis as soon as possible, and that would mean having him ready to go for Summer League in Las Vegas.

But after going through multiple workouts for scouts and team executives during the pre-draft process, a hip injury may prevent him from playing for the team as expected.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Janis Porzingis also said in Monday’s interview that his brother has been dealing with a hip injury that has prohibited him from working out in recent days. Kristaps Porzingis’ workout with the Knicks on June 22 was cut short because of the hip ailment, which Janis described as “tightness.”

Janis Porzingis said his brother might have experienced tightness because of the strenuous workouts he had been through to prepare for his workout in Las Vegas on June 12, which was in front of an audience comprising dozens of NBA executives. He projected that his younger brother could be back working out regularly in a few days.

The elder Porzingis added, though, that it is unclear whether Kristaps will be available for the beginning of summer league play, which starts July 11.

It seems fairly random that the brother of a player would do a radio interview like this, and while it may indeed be unclear at this point whether or not Porzingis will be available for the beginning of New York’s Summer League schedule on July 11, it’s probably too early for Knicks fans to begin worrying about this in any real capacity.