Washington Wizards big man Kristaps Porzingis is hoping a little less weight and getting stronger might be the remedy to help him finally play in 60 or more games for the first time since his sophomore year in 2016-2017.
For as talented as Porzingis is on offense as a lanky 7-foot-3 forward, there has been one thing that has dogged his career since he entered the league in 2015: Injuries. It was an issue when he was viewed as a basketball unicorn in his early days in the NBA, it knocked him out for all of the 2018-2019 season after tearing his ACL, and it is why 57 games are the most he has played in a season over the last three years.
The native of Latvia and the teams he had been on, including the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, have tried all manner of sports science to keep Porzingis on the court. Yet, nothing has been effective long-term. With training camps for the 2022-2023 NBA season set to start next week, it seems that the one-time All-Star’s latest attempt at staying healthy is dropping even more pounds on an already slim physique and getting leaner.