June 12, 2024


Porzingis has been coping with plantar fasciitis in his proper foot.

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis taking part in for the Wizards in March previous to his offseason commerce to the Celtics. AP Photograph/Nick Wass

Newly-acquired Celtics ahead Kristaps Porzingis gained’t be taking part in within the upcoming FIBA World Cup, however he can be there to assist his Latvian teammates nonetheless.

Porzingis, who was traded to the Celtics in June as a part of blockbuster deal that despatched Marcus Sensible to the Grizzlies, is at present coping with plantar fasciitis in his proper foot, an harm that can maintain him sidelined for a number of weeks.

Whereas the Latvian Basketball Affiliation initially denied the harm, Porzingis later confirmed it on social media.

In a more moderen interview with Sporta Studija, the 28-year-old mentioned the “humorous” harm.

“The foot hurts after train, I really feel virtually nothing when strolling, a extremely humorous harm,” Porzingis defined, by way of translation. “I’ve an concept what the origin of the harm is likely to be, nevertheless it’s one thing that builds up over the course of a profession and pops out at one level. It received worse throughout the coaching course of – it began to harm, then I couldn’t do away with the irritation.”

Although Porzingis is not going to play for Latvia within the World Cup (which is being hosted by Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), he stated it was necessary to him to nonetheless present up and assist the nationwide workforce.

“It’s not the best situation that I imagined, however it’s what it’s,” Porziņgis stated. “I wished to be with the workforce. I got here to proceed my restoration course of, to assist the fellows, to be linked with the nationwide workforce.”

This differed from what his new NBA workforce wished, however Porzingis stated the Celtics have been versatile (and that he appreciates it).

“Boston wished me to proceed my restoration there, however I informed them it was crucial for me to be with the nationwide workforce though I wasn’t taking part in,” he stated. “They supported my determination. Additionally there, most definitely, I’ll have a protracted season forward of me. It is crucial now to spend time with my teammates within the nationwide workforce, household at dwelling. Boston revered all of that and supported me.”

The seven-foot-three Porzingis hopes to be prepared for the upcoming NBA season. The Celtics start preseason motion in early Oct earlier than a daily season opener in Charlotte in opposition to the Hornets on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. ET.