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Knicks hope days as Christmas Day opening act are done

As he walked off the court at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day, Giannis Antetokounmpo received the kind of ovation that’s normally reserved for the home team.

“This is why New York is so special. The energy, the atmosphere is great,” Antetokounmpo said after hearing the loudest cheer of the afternoon in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 109-95 Christmas Day win over the New York Knicks. “They’re not just cheering their team, they’re cheering basketball.”

Knicks fans haven’t had many reasons to applaud their own team over the past three months. New York has lost nine of its past 10 tilts and owns the third worst record in the NBA. The Knicks seem well on their way to a fifth consecutive season of 50-plus losses.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Making things worse, their best player, All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis, remains sidelined indefinitely while he rehabs an ACL injury. And it remains an open question as to whether Porzingis will play at all this season.1

Knicks president Steve Mills said earlier this week that Porzingis was “a ways away” from returning to the court, nearly 11 months after his ACL tear.

The 7-foot-3 forward recently began working on the court with coaches, dunking and shooting pull-up 3-pointers, and he’s expected to be re-evaluated in mid-February.

Knicks fans haven’t had many reasons to applaud their own team over the past three months. New York has lost nine of its past 10 tilts and owns the third worst record in the NBA. The Knicks seem well on their way to a fifth consecutive season of 50-plus losses.

Making things worse, their best player, All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis, remains sidelined indefinitely while he rehabs an ACL injury. And it remains an open question as to whether Porzingis will play at all this season.

Knicks president Steve Mills said earlier this week that Porzingis was “a ways away” from returning to the court, nearly 11 months after his ACL tear.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The 7-foot-3 forward recently began working on the court with coaches, dunking and shooting pull-up 3-pointers, and he’s expected to be re-evaluated in mid-February.

Knicks head coach David Fizdale said he doesn’t expect Porzingis to return to practice any time soon. But he has been effusive in his praise of Porzingis’ leadership during this rehab.

“I’m so happy with him under the circumstances,” Fizdale said. “I know it’s killing him to not play. But he’s in there [at the practice facility] every day rooting these guys on.”