After considering a trade of Carmelo Anthony during the 2017 season and missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year, the New York Knicks are ready to rebuild their franchise around young star Kristaps Porzingis.
And if his offseason training plans are any indication, the 7’3”, 240-lb forward appears ready for the challenge. After averaging 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and establishing himself as one of the rising players in the league, Porzingis is using this offseason to take his game to the next level—with boxing.
Porzingis has been working out back home in his native Latvia with WBC cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis ahead of the FIBA EuroBasket tournament:
Porzingis missed the last six games of the season with an injury, but he looks plenty healthy in the boxing ring.
Porzingis wants to have a “more focused’’ training regimen and will be using boxing, weightlifting, and workouts that are “not attached to basketball” to try and improve over the summer, he told the New York Post.
“No.1 is hitting the weight room, being there twice a day, living in there 24/7,’’ Porzingis said. “It’s going to be a huge summer for me, to get better and come into next season stronger. Last summer I was still learning what I wanted to do, what I wanted my routine to look like. This year it’ll be clearer—when I want to work out, how long, what I need to work on more, what I need to focus on. It’s a little clearer what I want to do this offseason.’’
But boxing isn't all Porzingis has been doing.
Take a look at his offseason work on the court and in the weight room in this video:
— Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) June 9, 2017
Here's a deeper dive into what Porzingis is doing this offseason to train for the 2017-18 season: