Latvian Basketball Affiliation denies experiences on Kristaps Porzingis’s damage


The reported foot damage would have put Porzingis’ standing for the 2023 FIBA World Cup in jeopardy.

As of now, Kristaps Porzingis is the one Celtic that can take part within the upcoming FIBA World Cup. Jonathan Newton/Washington Put up

Boston Celtics followers obtained a scare on Wednesday when experiences surfaced that All-Star Kristaps Porzingis may miss the FIBA World Cup as a consequence of damage. However these experiences will not be completely correct.

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On Thursday, the Latvijas Basketbola savienība (Latvian Basketball Affiliation, or LBS) addressed the experiences on Porzingis’s well being by way of a press release.

“There was data that questions the participation of Kristaps Porzingis within the FIBA ​​World Cup,” LBS wrote, as translated by way of Google Translate. “LBS denies this data.”

LBS is the league that governs and oversees all Latvian basketball actions, together with its participation within the upcoming FIBA World Cup. The league claims that Porzingis’s foot isn’t injured and that he’ll proceed coaching for the match.

“Each the gamers’ particular person preparation plans and the group’s general coaching course of are ongoing,” LBS wrote. “The road-up for the match in opposition to the Dominican Republic might be introduced on August 12.”

The Celtics acquired Porzingis within the commerce that despatched Marcus Sensible to the Memphis Grizzlies in June. He signed a two-year contract extension to maintain him in Boston on July 8 and is predicted to play a large position within the group’s push for a championship subsequent season.

Porzingis’ weak spot is his sturdiness. The Latvian massive man has an in depth severe damage historical past courting again to a torn ACL he suffered in 2018. Since that 12 months, Porzingis has performed greater than 65 video games in just one season (2022-23).

On Wednesday, European sports activities reporter Rupert Fabig reported {that a} foot damage may maintain Porzingis out of the World Cup, including one other damage to that historical past.

“Unique: In response to my data there are rising issues that Latvia star Kristaps Porzingis would possibly miss the FIBAWC as a consequence of damage,” Fabig wrote. “Understood it’s one thing along with his foot. Workers, himself and Boston Celtics will wait till the final second to decide.”

Fabig clarified that this reported foot damage is nothing severe, as they’re nonetheless contemplating taking part in him on the earth cup. To the LBS, that chance doesn’t look like underneath query.

If Porzingis have been to overlook the World Cup, he wouldn’t be the one Celtic to take action. Oshae Brissett withdrew from Workforce Canada to deal with rehabbing a knee damage and to arrange for the upcoming NBA season, the Toronto Star’s Doug Smith reported. Al Horford may even now not be taking part in for the Dominican Republic, per Miroslav Dragoljević.

Time will inform if Porzingis will miss any time on this competitors. However per the LBS, Porzingis will go well with up for Workforce Latvia as the one Celtic taking part on this 12 months’s World Cup.