From Air Mattress to All-Star Form: Ayton Opens Up About Early Season Struggles

Deandre Ayton's strong recent play has him in All-Star form, but his early season struggles were due to more than just basketball.

Adjusting to life in Portland included challenges like finding a place to sleep, with Ayton even using an air mattress for a while.

Family adjustments and the stress of a new city affected Ayton's performance on the court.

Ayton emphasizes that NBA players are human and deserve understanding when adapting to new situations.

While some find humor in the air mattress story, Ayton highlights the human element of athlete struggles.

His averages have jumped significantly, with 27 points and 15 rebounds in his last five games.

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