The Kings announced rookie forward Harry Giles will not play this season as part of his recovery from knee surgery two years ago when he was still in high school.
Giles, the 20th pick in last year’s NBA draft after one season at Duke, is healthy and there have been no setbacks, according to the team. The plan is to have him ready for summer league in Las Vegas in July.
Giles tore his left ACL in 2013 and his right one in 2015 while in high school. This month marks two years since Giles’ last surgery, and that’s considered a benchmark to measure the health and strength of the knee.
Giles has passed all his medical examinations and his measurements in athletic tests are better than they were before the draft, said Kings assistant general manager Brandon Williams. With that knowledge, the Kings will increase his workload as they look to improve his overall strength.
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“No setbacks,” Williams said. “There’s that, but what he’s done is he’s gotten better.”
The Kings’ measured approach with Giles is guided by their sports medicine and training staff.
He has practiced all season in closely monitored and controlled situations, ensuring he is not pushed to the point of overexertion. It would be a dramatic shift to throw him into NBA games against players in midseason form, considering Giles has not been through a training camp or played competitively since college.
There are no such concerns now as the intensity is increased with an eye toward summer league.
“We don’t have to talk about Harry as injured,” Williams said. “There are no red flags.”
He entered Duke riding high hopes as the nation’s top recruit in the 2016 class, but he tore the meniscus in his left knee in the opening weeks of his freshman year.
The 6-foot-10 forward played in 26 games at Duke, averaging 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds.