Kristaps Porzingis is feeling better after bruising his knee in practice Thursday, but he and the Knicks will take a safe approach as he looks to get back to 100 percent.
Porzingis hurt his knee during the end of Thursday's practice and was eventually removed from the workout.
"Just bumped knees and just to be cautious, they pulled me out the last 15 minutes of the practice," Porzingis told reporters, according to Newsday. "But today, I felt good. It's already getting better. Just a bruised knee."
The 22-year-old and head coach Jeff Hornacek have devised a plan that allows Porzingis to play but also get the necessary rest he needs to keep from exacerbating the pain in the knee.
[Hornacek is] telling me to sub in a little time, sub out a little more times," Porzingis said. "Kind of rest a little more during the practice. But it's hard. You have adrenaline going on and you want to play, you want to scrimmage and be out there with the guys, going through plays and doing stuff."
Porzingis admits he's happy to be back with the Knicks after the early part of the offseason was filled with trade rumors involving his name. But with Phil Jackson leaving his president position, Porzingis remained in a Knicks uniform.
"We left it in the past," Porzingis said. "A lot of new people are here now. We just left it in the past. There's nothing that we need to bring back up and talk about. What happened happened, and we're moving forward."