Boston Celtics’ Forward Kristaps Porzingis to Miss FIBA Basketball World Cup Due to Foot Injury
Boston Celtics forward Kristaps Porzingis has announced that he will be unable to participate in the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup due to a lingering issue with plantar fasciitis in his foot. Porzingis took to social media to inform his fans of the decision, stating that it was made in collaboration with both the Latvian medical and coaching staffs, as well as the Celtics organization.
Despite being unable to play, Porzingis will still be present with the Latvian team and provide support from the sidelines. The Celtics have revealed that the 7-foot-3-inch player will spend the next four to six weeks rehabilitating the injury, with the expectation of being cleared in time for training camp.
This news comes after Porzingis recently signed a lucrative two-year, $60 million contract extension with the Celtics through the 2025-26 season. The team was hoping to see the talented forward make a significant impact both domestically and internationally.
In his previous season with the Washington Wizards, Porzingis played in 65 games and showcased his skills, averaging a career-high 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game. These impressive statistics made him an essential asset to the Latvian national team and a player that fans were eagerly looking forward to watching in the World Cup.
Unfortunately, Porzingis is not the only current NBA player on Latvia’s roster to face adversity ahead of the tournament. Davis Bertans, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, will also be absent from the Latvian team due to undisclosed reasons.
Despite these setbacks, both Porzingis and Bertans remain determined to contribute to their respective teams and are expected to make a strong comeback in the upcoming NBA season.
As the basketball world eagerly awaits the FIBA Basketball World Cup, fans will undoubtedly feel disappointed that they won’t have the opportunity to witness Porzingis’ extraordinary skills on the international stage. However, the Latvian team, with the support of Porzingis and Bertans, will be determined to make their mark and represent their country with pride.
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