Kristaps Porzingis at Knicks practice on Sept. 29
When it comes to staying healthy, every little bit of preparation helps in the eyes of Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis, 22, is trying something new. His longtime Spanish physiotherapist will live in New York for this season, as The Post reported Friday.
Porzingis indicated his physio will travel to road games, too — on Porzingis’ dime. His name is Manolo Valdivieso, who worked with Porzingis all the way back to his Spanish League games in Seville. Valdivieso also worked with him all offseason in Europe as the 7-foot-3 Latvian made a point to stay away from New York.
After missing 26 games in his first two seasons, Porzingis will make this adjustment in an effort to improve durability.
“He’s been with me [for a while], we’ll keep working together, keep helping me out,’’ Porzingis said following Sunday’s open practice at the Garden. “He’ll be wherever I am. He knows me the best, knows my body the best. He worked with me when I was 17, 18 years old.’’
Obviously, Porzingis was disgruntled with a lot of items when he blew off his exit meeting last April — from Phil Jackson’s eccentric leadership style to Jeff Hornacek’s haranguing. Whether he was dissatisfied with the training staff is unclear.
Staying on the court means a lot to him. Porzingis has stated on numerous occasions in his first two seasons his goal of an 82-game season. Last season he missed 16, dealing for the first time with Achilles tendinitis.
Hence, when Porzingis missed a training-camp practice on Day 3 with a sore right knee, alarm bells sounded.
“I just [want to] get a little bit better, miss a few less games, play a few more games,’’ Porzingis said of having his physio around. “It’s worth it. It’s a team I’m building [around] myself.”
Sunday, Porzingis was back on the Garden court for the first time since April 2’s game against Boston but bricked most of his jumpers.
“My legs were super heavy,’’ Porzingis said. “I was flat on every shot I took today.’’
The pressure this season will be super heavy on Porzingis now that Carmelo Anthony is finally gone. During a speech to the crowd, new GM Scott Perry dismissed the notion this is Porzingis’ team, saying he is just one guy and needs a boost from all his teammates.
“Right now I don’t feel the difference,’’ Porzingis said. “When it’s going great, he’s the guy. When it’s going bad, they want to kill you. It’s going to be some tough moments. I got to be strong mentally in New York, and I’ll be fine.’’
“It’s something I wanted one day to be like that [No. 1 guy],’’ Porzingis said. “I kept working toward that. I’ll keep doing that, growing as a player. Year by year, we can grow as a team.’’
For the first time on the Garden hardwood, Porzingis and new center Enes Kanter, also a European, lined up on the same side. Porzingis enjoyed a good chemistry with his buddy, Willy Hernangomez, who figured to be this season’s starting pivot. Now it’s unclear.
“I enjoy playing with him a lot,’’ Porzingis said of Kanter. “Big body, strong, always fighting for offensive rebounds if I miss. I think me and him [are] finding that bond together so we can play good basketball.”