The Boston Celtics shared an update on Kristaps Porzingis’ plantar fasciitis recovery plan on Wednesday morning. Porzingis is set to rehab for four-to-six weeks and should be good to go for training camp.
“Kristaps Porzingis has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his right foot,” the team shared in a tweet. “He will engage in a four-to-six-week rehab program, and is expected to be cleared for the start of training camp.”
Boston Celtics star Kristaps Porzingis to miss FIBA World Cup
Porzingis officially broke the news that he’d been battling the foot ailment on Tuesday afternoon. He tweeted a statement, revealing that he wouldn’t be suiting up for Lativa in the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
“It is difficult, I feel very responsible to myself and the supporters of the Latvian national team, but a decision has been made that I will not play in the World Cup,” Porzingis said in a translated tweet. “After several weeks of recovery and a repeat MRI examination, the plantar fasciitis of my foot still prevents me from being on the field in full readiness. This joint decision has been made by both the medical staff and coaching staff of the national team, as well as the Celtics team – with the advice and opinion that it is now necessary to continue the recovery process. Such a decision is not easy to make, but I promise that I will be there and support the team as much as I can.”
Porzingis joined the Celtics via trade back in June as part of a three-team deal that sent longtime Cs guard Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies. Though the news was tough for many fans of Smart, the addition of the former All-Star sweetened things a bit.
The 28-year-old center is coming off one of his best seasons as a pro. Porzingis appeared in 65 games for the Washington Wizards last season, averaging a career-high 23.8 points per game on 49.8% shooting from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc. He was a force on the glass as well, ripping down 8.4 rebounds per contest.
Hopefully, Boston’s timetable is accurate and their new No. 8 can get out on the floor for opening night.