Nico Mannion had to take almost a year off from playing baseball last year due to a severe weight drop.
Italian-American basketball player Niccol “Nico” Mannion now competes for Virtus Bologna in the Lega Basket Serie A in Italy (LBA). During his undergraduate studies, he played for the Arizona Wildcats.
Weight loss journey of Nico Mannion in 2022?
Nico Mannion’s already-sleek figure underwent a frightening weight drop, as shown during a photo session at a team practice. Mannion missed the team’s opening preseason game on September 3rd because he was unable to travel to Virtus’ training camp.
The head coach of Virtus, Sergio Scariolo, issued a warning that Mannion would be out for a while and that the team would require a replacement for the beginning of the season.
No, it’s not Photoshop. It’s Nico Mannion a few days ago. pic.twitter.com/ElLHfac2vW
— Marco Pagliariccio (@loupaya) September 6, 2021
Thankfully, the 20-year-old has regained his fitness after the infection caused him to lose almost 20 pounds.
His agent, Bill Duffy, revealed to NBA insider Jordan Schultz that the 20-year-old intends to return to the NBA after winning a championship in Italy, and that seems to be the long-term plan.
Update On The Nico Mannion Virus Infection And Illness
An intestinal infection affected Nico Mannion. According to reports, Nico Mannion has fully recovered from a nasty intestinal ailment he picked up while traveling.
At the Tokyo Olympics, Mannion’s health issues first surfaced while playing for the Italian national team. He appeared to have lost a lot of weight as a result of the virus, which’s exact cause is unknown.
— Virtus Segafredo Bologna (@Virtusbo) August 21, 2021
The 20-year-old inked a contract with Virtus Bologna in Italy over the summer after spending the previous season with the Warriors.
Due to the infection, he has been unable to play, but he has gained back 17 of the pounds he had lost and has started individual training.
Mannion will now play for Virtus Bologna?
Nico Mannion was on his way to Italy for the 2021-2022 season. The Warriors will not use the point guard this season, but they will keep his rights.
Mannion will now play for Virtus Bologna in the Italian Serie A basketball competition, where he will be joined by former NBA players Milos Teodosic and Kevin Hervey.
If Mannion decides to return to the NBA following his time in Italy, the Warriors will retain his restricted free agent status. The Warriors allegedly signed former Brooklyn Nets guard Chris Chiozza to fill Mannion’s roster spot.