Kristaps Porzingis excited by Knicks’ coaching hire

New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis will miss the beginning of the 2018-19 season as he recovers from a torn ACL, but that has not dampened his enthusiasm for the team’s future prospects.

Porzingis, who had up and down performances during former head coach Jeff Hornacek’s tenure, is excited by the prospect of playing for new lead signal caller David Fizdale.

“Just had a great conversation on the phone with Coach Fiz. Man im excited!!!!! Lets gooo!!!” Porzingis tweeted.

Fizdale has been open and honest about his plans for working with the Latvian big man. “I won't skip a step. I'll spend a ton of time with he and his family," Fizdale said. "I want to hear their experience and what they see going forward for Kristaps and how I can interject and help him in any way become what I think he can be, which is an MVP-caliber player.”

Porzingis was in the midst of an All-Star campaign in the 2017-18 season before getting hurt. He averaged 22.7 PPG and 6.6 RPG before suffering the injury.

The interaction comes as positive news for Knicks fans, as Porzingis had a tumultuous relationship with the Phil Jackson regime. Jackson reportedly gauged trade interest for Porzingis last year before getting fired.

The Knicks finished 29-53 last season and will pick ninth in the upcoming NBA Draft. The draft will take place June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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