When the Boston Celtics acquired Kristaps Porzingis via a trade back in June, one of the concerns surrounding the big man was his injury history. So when the news broke that the 7-foot-3 big man would be missing the FIBA World Cup due to a foot injury, there was reasonable concern amongst Celtics fans.
The Celtics later announced that Porzingis had been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his right foot and would be participating in a four-to-six-week rehab program. When appearing on Jones and Mego with Arcand as part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance on Tuesday afternoon, Boston Celtics’ President of Basketball Operations, Brad Stevens, shared a positive update regarding Porzingis’ injury.
“I’m not concerned,” Stevens said, “This is something we should be able to navigate and manage in the next few weeks and be ready for training camp.”
Stevens added the team is planning to have Porzingis ready for day one of training camp on October 3rd.
Porzingis, who appeared in 65 games a season ago, his highest game total since his second season in the league, is continuing his rehab process in Latvia.
Stevens added the team was unaware of the injury when they made the trade.
When the Celtics traded for Porzingis, they parted ways with a driving factor behind their five Eastern Conference Finals appearances over the last seven seasons, Marcus Smart, in hopes of raising banner 18.
“He is coming here to do his part and help us win,” Stevens said on Porzingis.
“When you are knocking on that door, all you want to do is get through it… Ultimately, our job is to chase banners, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”