Kristaps Porzingis provided extra info on the damage preserving him out of the FIBA World Cup


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

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis enjoying 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 enjoying within the upcoming FIBA World Cup, however he will probably be there to help his Latvian teammates nonetheless.

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

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

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

“The foot hurts after train, I really feel virtually nothing when strolling, a extremely humorous damage,” Porzingis defined, through translation. “I’ve an concept what the origin of the damage 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 in the course of the coaching course of – it began to harm, then I couldn’t eliminate the irritation.”

Although Porzingis won’t play for Latvia within the World Cup (which is being hosted by Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), he mentioned it was essential to him to nonetheless present up and help the nationwide staff.

“It’s not the best situation that I imagined, however it’s what it’s,” Porziņgis mentioned. “I needed to be with the staff. I got here to proceed my restoration course of, to help the blokes, to be linked with the nationwide staff.”

This differed from what his new NBA staff needed, however Porzingis mentioned the Celtics have been versatile (and that he appreciates it).

“Boston needed me to proceed my restoration there, however I advised them it was crucial for me to be with the nationwide staff despite the fact that I wasn’t enjoying,” he mentioned. “They supported my determination. Additionally there, almost certainly, I’ll have an extended season forward of me. It’s important now to spend time with my teammates within the nationwide staff, 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 towards the Hornets on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. ET.