Kristaps Porzingis posts sprint photos after David Fizdale says he hasn't progressed

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"I'm not planning on it", Fizdale said.

"Fizdale even acknowledged he's out of the loop regarding Porzingis' strengthening benchmarks", the Daily News reported. Porzingis is set to become a restricted free agent next July.

Porzingis appeared to respond to his coach later that day, posting two photos of himself mid-sprint on a track in an Instagram story.

But at this point, the Knicks don't have a firm grasp on whether Porzingis will return at all this season. I can see instantly how he fits, but I'm just trying to keep my mind focused on them.

At least that's based on the information provided by David Fizdale, who said Thursday that his Latvian star still isn't sprinting and remains at about the same level as prior to training camp: he's shooting and jogging lightly.

That was an obvious response to what Fizdale told the media, and the coach admitted on Friday that he was unaware Porzingis had been running sprints.

"I think maybe when he heard me say, "Hey we're taking it slow" and all of that stuff - that's what we're doing - but at the same time he (doesn't) want people thinking that he's not busting his hump because he's killing it", the coach added.

"I'm the only doofus that didn't know he had went out to the track", the coach said.

Porzingis underwent surgery to fix a torn left knee ligament on February 13.

"With this group of people that we got here right now, our agendas are on point". The Knicks have never put a timetable on his return, though a typical recovery might allow him to play late in the 2018-19 season. Before the start of training camp, Porzingis said he was pleased with how his rehab had progressed. The Knicks did not sign him to a rookie extension before an October 15 deadline, meaning he will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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