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#pounditFriday, September 22, 2023

Kristaps Porzingis has been studying Conor McGregor’s mental game

Kristaps Porzingis

Regardless of how you feel about Conor McGregor – and, to be sure, people usually only either love or hate him – you can’t deny the man is mentally strong. He believes in himself with unshakeable confidence.

Athletes are human, and they aren’t immune to the self-doubts you and I feel. McGregor’s unwavering self-belief is admirable.

It’s something a lot of athletes could learn from. This offseason, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has been studying McGregor’s mentality.

“I’m still 22 and still really young but I’m trying to learn as much as I can on the court, and trying to learn as much as I can off the court as well,” Porzingis told “I want to improve the mental side. I’m actually amazed by Conor McGregor. I’ve been watching so many of his videos, trash talking, how mentally strong he is. I’ve been really interested in that kind of stuff.”

Though McGregor is known for his vicious trash-talking, it’s unlikely Porzingis is dying to become a motor mouth on the court. The Latvian unicorn was probably referring more so to McGregor’s self-assurance and belief in his ability to achieve his goals.

Porzingis may be watching videos like the one below.


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