It wasn’t easy for New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis to put on weight for his first NBA season, but he did it anyway. The 7’3″ Porzingis added 11 pounds to his frame before the start of training camp, going from 227 to 238 over the summer. But he dropped to 233 pounds by December, probably because of the amount of minutes he was playing for the Knicks. He averaged 28.9 minutes in November and went over 30 minutes in six games that month.
But to help maintain his weight, Porzingis started paying more attention to the first and most important meal of the day—breakfast. From Marc Berman of the New York Post:
“I didn’t pay as much attention in the beginning of the season to breakfast,” Porzingis said. “I wanted to get to the gym. I’d eat something quick and go to work out. So now I’m getting up one hour, 1½ hours earlier and having a big breakfast so I have energy for the whole day. I’m really focusing on breakfast.”
Porzingis’ breakfast fare isn’t anything outlandish — just large portions. It helps that his parents have lived with their 20-year-old son most of his rookie season in White Plains, and his mother, Ingrida, is a noted former hoopster and cook. His parents are staying until March.
“A lot of cottage cheese with fruit, then eggs, ham, toast,” Porzingis said. “It’s kind of like an American breakfast, but Latvian style. It’s a big meal. I don’t think other people have big breakfasts like me.
“[The Knicks] wanted me to have big breakfasts, but I’m really pushing myself to eat, even when I’m not hungry, so I can have a lot of energy for the day.
Whatever Porzingis is eating, it’s working. He’s averaging 14 points, 7.8 rebounds and two blocks as a starter for the Knicks. He’s one of the top candidates for Rookie of The Year, and he has a bright future in New York.
With results that good, why wouldn’t you focus on breakfast?