Just when Boston Celtics fans think they can relax and enjoy a new move, something always comes up.
The news is not great for Celtics fans, and they should be concerned.
Porzingis is coming off arguably the best season of his career, as he played in 65 games, which was the most he’s played in since 2017. Combine this with the fact that Porzingis is injury prone, and it gives Boston Celtics fans many reasons to be concerned.
I don’t like the idea of Porzingis playing the most games he’s played in a long time and then going to play a high-intensity tournament.
The decision is also concerning because the Celtics will be counting on Porzinigs to make it not only through the regular season, but the NBA playoffs. With the amount of mileage Porzingis will rack up over the next calendar year, his decision to play in the FIBA World Cup feels like a disaster waiting to happen.
Kristaps Porzingis’ FIBA decision makes Boston Celtics extension a head-scratcher
When considering the potential for injury, it makes the C’s decision to extend Porzingis now very odd. Did the Boston Celtics not learn their lesson from Danilo Gallinari a year ago? After signing Gallinari to a contract last season, he tore his ACL in a FIBA World Cup qualifier, and he ultimately never played a game for the Celtics.
The Celtics are taking a big risk by signing Porzingis to a contract before he plays this summer. Although I can’t fault Porzingis for wanting to play for his country, sometimes you have to think about what’s best for your team. The Celtics are paying Porzingis close to 60 million dollars, and they can’t afford to lose him.
Hopefully, Porzingis recognizes this and plays it safe as much as humanly possible this summer.