PHILADELPHIA – David Fizdale said his club could have an advantage over the 76ers' rebuilding program – nicknamed "The Process" – thanks to a man 7 feet out of 3.
Although Kristaps Porzingis' return from an ACL operation still does not have a clear schedule, Fizdale recently suggested he would bring him back this season.
"We have Kristaps behind the scenes," Fizdale said before the Knicks' 117-191 loss Wednesday night. "It's a little bit different from what Brett [Brown, Sixers coach] through. They were trying to understand all these young guys. With Kristaps sitting behind the scenes, it could speed us up a bit more. "
He could also rejuvenate rookie Kevin Knox if Porzingis returns in January or February. Fizdale still did not want to know if Porzingis would be allowed to practice in December.
"We lost some tight games against the best teams," said Knox. "We can compete with the best of them. The Sixers had a long process with a lot of injuries. I do not think it will take us that long. "
The Sixers, of course, passed Porzingis at number 3 to take Jahlil Okafor, who became a bust because the Latvian refused to train for the Sixers.
Knox and Porzingis still have not done exercises together. Porzingis has not been seen in the team lately, as the Knicks played 11 of 15 games on the road and ended here Wednesday. In fact, Porzingis was not even on the bench in the last home game Friday against New Orleans.
"I talk to him a lot in the locker room, I see him in court and I watch him shoot," said Knox. "We did not work on anything like that. He is back and doing everything he can to get back as quickly as possible. I can not wait to get him back on the field. "
The connection between Knox and Porzingis has been fantasized since the Las Vegas Summer League. Knox is beaten without him.
"All the time," said Knox when asked when he was thinking of Porzingis' return. "It will be great to bring him to the field and reconnect, to see how he is playing with a star player. It will be very fun when he comes back. I hope we will connect. & # 39; & # 39;
Mid-December marks the tenth month since Porlezis ACL surgery. If he's not ready to train next week, there's no way he'll come back for a Merry Kristaps when the Knicks face the Bucks, where he's torn his knee. Porzingis said earlier this month that his rehabilitation was about to end.