GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Enes Kanter spoke with Kristaps Porzingis on Thursday and believes the Unicorn will come back "even stronger" from his ACL tear.
Porzingis will undergo ACL surgery on Tuesday, a league source confirmed to SNY.tv, but he could miss up to a year afterward depending on his rehab.
"I'm always trying to give him positive energy because he's my teammate but more than my teammate, he's my brother," Kanter said Saturday. "I'm always going to be with him, I'm always going to try to give him positive energy.
"I think he's going to come back even stronger because he's really hungry."
Porzingis has yet to undergo ACL surgery, but he could miss up to a year afterward depending on his rehab.
"Two days ago I talked to him for an hour and a half on FaceTime," Kanter said. "Of course he's really sad because he wanted to be out there so bad with us. But I think at the same time he's staying really positive, like man I just want to get my surgery done so I can just start getting my rehab and come back and play."
Kanter, who reiterated his hopes to retire a Knick and play with Porzingis for years to come, said watching him go down against Milwaukee was heart-wrenching.
"It's really sad because that moment when he was down, all these thoughts were going in my mind like this was going to be his first All-Star game, big summer and everything," he said. "So it's just really sad to see. Just forget about basketball, he's just your brother, he's your good friend. When he's down the whole team got really emotional."