Carmelo Anthony devastated for 'little brother' Kristaps Porzingis

Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis goes down with left knee injury vs. Bucks

Kristaps Porzingis is set to undergo season-ending surgery after he suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, and the timetable for his recovery is not yet known.

The more pressing questions that don't yet have definitive answers are these: When will Porzingis be ready to return to the court next season?

With the prominence of Porzingis gone, this season could turn into a needed evaluation for bench players to show they belong on a rebuilding team.

General manager Scott Perry addressed the media Wednesday and provided little clarity. "We know that he wants to become a great player, a top player in this league". All I can tell you is if you are a Knicks fan is to hope and pray, and maybe for the first time in nearly two decades Knicks fans prayers will finally be answered, maybe. An MRI revealed that Porzingis suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, and while there's now no timetable for his recovery, he could potentially be out until 2019.

The Knicks went on the lose the contest, 103-99. "It's a tough thing to have happened". In fact, we're going to declare this jam over Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. the NBA's dunk of the year because the Greek Freak literally jumped over him. NY went from being down 11 at the half to leading 89-69 heading into the fourth. Porzingis is a popular player for his wide array of skills at 7-foot-3 that led Kevin Durant to nickname him a "unicorn", but also for the personality he brought to NY when he arrived in 2015 as a teenager from Latvia.

This also means the National Basketball Association will need to find another replacement All-Star player, this time to Team LeBron.

"He was down when he first got the news", said Courtney Lee, who spoke to Porzingis Wednesday night.

The chances of the Knicks making the playoffs already were slim, and now they appear to be microscopic without their best player.

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Tuesday marked the latest low point in a 21st century full of them for the Knicks, who have continually found new ways to implode over the past 17 years - during which they've managed to compile just four winning seasons.

The Knicks also traded disgruntled center Willy Hernangomez on Wednesday to the Charlotte Hornets for two second-round draft picks (2020, 2021) and little-used forward Johnny O'Bryant.

"We hadn't talked about that prior to this injury and we won't get into that now about him", Perry said. "And we'll deal with that at the appropriate time".

NY (23-31) entered play Tuesday remaining hopeful of making a run at the playoffs, though missing Porzingis for extended time would certainly dampen those hopes. Even the Knicks didn't know if Porzingis was ready to flourish in the No. 1 role at 22. The seven-foot-three superstar, flourishing in his first season as the focal point of the Knicks and on his way to his first All-Star game, had torn his ACL, the team later announced.

The only thing he couldn't really do is put to rest injury concerns that often follow players at his age and size.

Porzingis is different. The franchise's first homegrown star since Patrick Ewing, he has done everything possible through his first two-and-a-half years in the National Basketball Association to show that he was capable of turning things around for the woebegone Knicks. Or does his work ethic, the work that built up his fragile frame over the summer and had him calling himself a lizard for his quick healing ability, take hold and bring him back stronger?

The injury is now a fairly serious setback for someone who was finally getting to put his stamp on the franchise. "Until he's deemed 100 percent not only by us, but how he feels mentally".

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