On Wednesday, a reporter on Twitter indicated that Kristaps Porzingis, the Latvian and Boston Celtics’ basketball star, might not be able to participate in the upcoming FIBA World Cup due to an injury. The Latvia basketball team has addressed these statements.
Rupert Fabig from Hamburger Abendblatt mentioned that Porzingis had a foot injury, and the decision on his involvement in the World Cup would be made close to the event, involving World Cup staff, Boston, and Porzingis himself.
Exclusive: According to my information there are growing concerns that Latvia star Kristaps #Porzingis might miss the #FIBAWC due to injury. Understood it is something with his foot. Staff, himself and Boston #Celtics will wait until the last moment to make a decision. pic.twitter.com/YIkIz6coTo
— Rupert Fabig (@rupertfabig) August 9, 2023
Following the reports, the Latvian National team issued a statement on Twitter regarding Kristaps Porzingis’ potential involvement in the FIBA World Cup. They addressed the uncertainty surrounding his participation and dismissed the information suggesting his absence.
Izskanējusi informācija, kas apšauba Kristapa Porziņģa piedalīšanos FIBA Pasaules kausa izcīņā. LBS šo informāciju noliedz.
Norit gan spēlētāju individuālie sagatavošanās plāni, gan komandas kopējais treniņu process. Sastāvs spēlei ar Dominikānu tiks paziņots 12. augustā. pic.twitter.com/pntY6JBjhH
— Latvijas Basketbola savienība (@basketbols) August 10, 2023
“Both the players’ individual preparation plans and the team’s overall training process are ongoing. The line-up for the match against the Dominican Republic will be announced on August 12.”
On top of that, Porzingis posted on his Instagram story videos of him working out with the team, shooting the ball and dunking.
Porzingis appears to be in good physical condition in his recent training video, as seen on his Instagram page. pic.twitter.com/zEaZDOFQ9F
— NBArepublic.com (@nba_republic) August 11, 2023
The video clearly depict Porzingis performing various training tasks effortlessly and without any apparent signs of discomfort.
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It’s quite evident that he intentionally shared these videos, which suggests that there’s more to it than mere coincidence with what the Latvian National Team posted earlier on.
Fans of the Boston Celtics and the Latvian National Basketball Team can now feel relieved.