Five years since he last appeared with his national team, Kristaps Porzingis will re-join Latvia ahead of the 4th window of the FIBA Baskeball World Cup qualifiers. Porzingis, 26, last appeared with his home country in EuroBasket 2017.
The Latvian forward/center is eligible to join the national team for practice on August 4, according to the standing FIBA-NBA insurance policy. He will also feature in friendly prep games leading up to the World Cup Qualifiers.
🇱🇻 @kporzee varēs palīdzēt Latvijas valstsvienībai augustā paredzētajās spēlēs! 🦄
Pirms tiksimies oficiālajās spēlēs, nepieciešama iesildīšanās – gan komandai, gan #6spēlētājs! Tāpēc arī 19. augustā plkst. 19:00 tiekamies ierastajā vietā! 🇱🇻🇪🇪
— Latvijas Basketbola savienība (@basketbols) July 26, 2022
“Five years have passed since I last wore the jersey of the national team. I can’t wait to do it again to enjoy basketball with my teammates and sing the national anthem along with the fans” Porzingis stated.
The Washington Wizards big man will join the team for the games vs Turkey and Great Britain on August 25 and 28, respectively. Porzingis averaged 23.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 0.9 assists, and 0.6 steals in the 2017 EuroBasket with Latvia.
Latvia had made it all the way to the Quarterfinals but was eliminated to the later champions Slovenia.