The Unicorn is pumped.
Kristaps Porzingis tweeted his excitement after having a conversation with new Knicks head coach David Fizdale on Thursday.
Just had a great conversation on the phone with Coach Fiz. Man im excited!!!!! Lets gooo!!! 🔶🔷- Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) May 24, 2018
Fizdale said last week that he was looking forward to building a special relationship with Porzingis.
"Step-by-step. I won't skip a step," Fizdale said on ESPN's Draft Combine Show. "I'll spend a ton of time with he and his family. I want to hear their experience and what they see going forward for Kristaps and how I can interject and help him in any way become what I think he can be, which is an MVP-caliber player. Part of that goes along with winning. And I know that's what he's ready to do."
Fizdale will be the fourth head coach for the 22-year-old Porzingis. In 48 games before his season-ending injury, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds en route to his first All-Star selection.
Porzingis, who has been rehabbing his surgically-repaired ACL in Spain with Real Madrid, is progressing well.
"Things are moving on as expected," GM Scott Perry said earlier this month. "We're looking forward to monitoring him throughout the summer."
Perry added that the Knicks would like have a better timetable for Porzingis' return by the start of the new season.