Celtics guard Kyrie Irving told Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis earlier this season that he "would love to play" with a player like him, he said during NBA All-Star weekend.
Irving also said he sent "well wishes" to the Knicks' star after he suffered a season-ending ACL injury.
"You just hope that mentally he's able to jump over those hurdles," Irving said, according to Newsday. "It's tough coming back and knowing the process and kind of having that window that you're trying to hit in terms of how long you have to wait in order to do certain things. But I know he's always in the gym; he's always a hard worker. So I wish Porzingis nothing but the best . . . He's so versatile."
Porzingis and Irving were both named to the All-Star team this season, but Porzingis is sidelined by injury.
Irving, who is slated to become a free agent in 2019, is averaging 24.7 points and five assists per game through 53 games this season in what is his first season with the Celtics. The 25-year-old spent the first six seasons with the Cavaliers.