Porzingis says he's staying out of Knicks' coaching search

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New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis is happy to let the team's front office focus on hiring a new coach while he continues prioritizing his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered in February.

The Knicks fired Jeff Hornacek after two seasons earlier this week and have already been linked to several potential replacements.

"I don't want to hide the fact I'd love to be back", Woodson told Marc Berman of the New York Post. He coached the Knicks to a 60-104 record in two seasons. "I'd like to finish what I started".

Before meeting with Mills and Perry on Saturday, Porzingis, 22, reiterated that he wants to remain in NY long term.

"I'm sure the front office, they will make the right decisions and build something that can go a long way", he stated (h/t ESPN). "I hope they call me". I want to be back as soon as possible.

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Crystal Palace had been set to drop into the bottom three on goal difference prior to Chelsea's comeback. Burnley is seventh, two points behind Arsenal, which plays Sunday at Newcastle.

Knicks president Steve Mills - who is a former Princeton basketball teammate of Blatt's - and general manager Scott Perry are conducting the search, which will include interviews with candidates beyond Fizdale, Jackson, Stackhouse, Blatt and Woodson, league sources said.

NY also planned to contact Jerry Stackhouse - coach of Raptors 905, Toronto's G League affiliate - according to sources.

The Knicks are also planning to meet with ex-Cavaliers coach David Blatt who led a Turkish team to a Eurocup championship this season, reports Wojnarowski.

The news of KP's injury sent shockwaves not only through NY but throughout the basketball world, as one of the league's brightest young stars would be forced to make a lengthy and tedious recovery - one that doesn't always guarantee a successful return.

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