Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis practices but still not expected to play

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis had his first full practice with the team on March 13 but is still not expected to play this season.

Dallas Mavericks fans are both antsy and ecstatic about Kristaps Porzingis. They love that the Mavs made the trade to acquire the 23-year-old All-Star, and are fired up for his first game in Dallas. The problem is fans have to wait as Porzingis fully recovers from a torn ACL.

The pairing between the 7’3 star and Luka Doncic has limitless potential. It could rival the top duos in the NBA. Their combination of size, skill, and ability is difficult to match. That also has fans dreaming of plenty of success and accolades.

Back to full practice

Kristaps took another important step in his recovery on Wednesday.  Bobby Karalla shared the news in the following Tweets.

Coach Carlisle also shared his thoughts on the workout at the conclusion of practice. Fans can hear part of his interview here courtesy of the Mavs official Twitter.

KP couldn’t be happier

Nobody was more excited to get back on the basketball court and play for the first time with his new team than Porzingis. Fans can see his entire post practice interview below.

Kristaps appears happy to be in Dallas as well. Fans should be pumped that he is back on the court and getting ready to co-pilot the Mavericks playoff push next season.

Fans looking for video of the workout will have a difficult time. The Mavs did not let media in until practice was wrapping up on March 13. Porzingis was likely a bit rusty consider he played his last NBA game action on Feb. 6, 2018. Zinger will be back to his All-Star form in no time, though.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks building block Kristaps Porzingis took another leap in his recovery by practicing fully for the first time on Wednesday. The Mavericks still plan for him to miss the remainder of the season, though. It allows Porzingis to head into the offseason fully healthy and ready to work on improving his already elite game.

Thinking about the plays Coach Carlisle is going to draw up to get Doncic and Porzingis open next season gets fans fired up. The Mavs could have one of the top offenses in the NBA. They also have the cap space to add another All-Star this summer. The possibilities are endless for Dallas.

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Fans should be excited about the present and future of the Dallas Mavericks. They are going to be a must-watch team for the next decade-plus, so strap in for the ride.