UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — One of the NBA’s brightest young stars has suffered a season-ending injury.
On Tuesday night, Feb. 6, the New York Knicks announced an MRI has confirmed Kristaps Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee.
Porzingis landed awkwardly after a slam dunk in the second quarter on Tuesday. He immediately grabbed for his knee, and teammates eventually helped him to the locker room.
The 7-foot-3 Latvian sensation had been averaging nearly 23 points per game and just recently earned a spot in his first NBA All-Star Game.
The Knicks didn’t offer a timeline for recovery, but Porzingis will likely need surgery, which means he could even miss the start of next season.
He’s just the latest high-profile player to suffer a season-ending injury. That list already included names like Cousins, Lin and Gordon.
Likewise, Kevin Love and John Wall will miss this month’s All-Star Game because of serious injuries suffered since rosters were announced.