There's no reason to rush Kristaps Porzingis, whether that be intellectually or physically.
The Knicks drafted Porzingis fourth overall back in June's draft, but external pressure shouldn't be a reason to speed up anyone's development, and that includes that of KP. But the rookie's training camp didn't exactly start on the foot that everyone had hoped it would, namely because something bad happened to the knee attached to that foot.
Here's more from Al Iannazzone of the New York Daily News:
Kristaps Porzingis was a spectator during practice again Friday because of a sore left knee.
But the Knicks' first-round pick said he didn't feel any soreness in the knee and that the team just held him out for precautionary reasons. Porzingis said he expects to return for the night session or Saturday morning's practice.
"They don't want me to jump in too early," Porzingis said. "They tell me it's a long season. Me as a player I want to be back as soon as possible. I don't have any pain in my knee anymore. They did all the tests this morning before practice and everything is fine."
This seems more than precautionary. There's no reason for anyone who isn't 100 percent to participate in training camp, especially someone who's just breaking into the league. Once Porzingis regains his full health, he'll be right back at it with the rest of the Knicks.
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