Knicks guard Jarrett Jack said he will try his best to help teammate Kristaps Porzingis through his torn ACL by talking to him about his own recovery process.
Jack said he feels empathetic toward Porzingis, who suffered the season-ending injury on Wednesday. The Knicks have not yet set a timeframe for when the former No. 4 pick will return, but for Jack, it took him 13 months to return to the court for the first time after tearing his ACL and suffering some meniscus damage in January 2016.
"Everybody's different -- the grade of his tear might be lower than mine,'' Jack said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "It's all in the hours doing the rehab. The other thing is overdoing it. You don't want to overwork the muscle either. I definitely need to reach out and speak to him let him know my experiences."
Jack suffered his injury when he twisted his knee on a fastbreak opportunity in a game and missed the rest of the 2015-16 season. He appeared in two games in the 2016-17 season but had to be shut down when his meniscus didn't fully heal and required additional surgery.
Porzingis, though, came down awkwardly after a contested dunk in Wednesday's loss to the Toronto Raptors, and the team announced later that night his season was over. Jack said he hasn't yet spoken with Porzingis, but when he does he plans to offer insight into the rehabilitation process.
"Definitely going to talk to him and put in my two cents about the whole process,'' Jack said. "Picking your doctor, the rehab, the stages you go through. Mentally it's such a grind as physically -- not letting the hurdles and process deter you. At first it's going to suck."
He said even the minor day-to-day things, like getting up to get food and re-learning how to walk, can become tasks.
"Just the stuff you're used to doing. After surgery, you aren't really able to assist yourself to the bathroom. When you're hungry, getting something to eat. Where are my crutches? It's understanding that stuff and taking your time. Not rushing back. I know you get antsy when the season comes around."
Now in his first full season back, Jack, 34, has averaged 7.7 points, 6.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. The 54 games he has appeared in are the most he has since the 2014-15 season with the Nets. And Jack believes Porzingis will be able to return stronger.
"I know a lot guys that happened to in their 20s and said, 'I'm jumping higher than I was,' " Jack said. "It's leg workouts every day, every single day. They have no choice but to get stronger. I believe he will. KP works his ass off. That's what the battle is."