Porzingis tears ACL, out for season

With the All-Star forward likely out well into next season, New York's immediate and offseason plans are now in considerable flux.

Kahron Spearman

The New York Knicks have confirmed the worst news of their season: All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season.

The injury happened minutes into the second quarter of a home matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo, but then landed on his foot. In a chain reaction, Porzingis' left ankle buckled, but then quickly grabbed his left knee in evident pain after landing.

More than a basketball player, he's my brother. I don't want to see anyone going down like that hurting his knee. He's about to be an All-Star. I'm just going to pray for him tonight. He is the most important part of our family.

The depleted Knicks would go on to lose to Milwaukee, 103-89.

As if the loss to the Bucks and Porzingis' injury weren't enough - Tim Hardaway Jr. also left the game, after being kicked by Antetokounmpo in the same area on the lower left leg that he'd had a stress reaction earlier in the season.

Going broad, the Knicks will likely have to consider tearing down the team as Porzingis recovers. There was an indication that they would go after a player, such as Kawhi Leonard via trade. But the injury throws these plans into considerable flux.