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The Portland Trail Blazers big man Deandre Ayton revealed that his early-season struggles could have been partially attributed to sleeping on an air mattress.

He emphasized the importance of proper sleep and comfort in adjusting to new surroundings, noting that he didn’t have a bed for a significant period and had to make do with an air mattress.

“My body wasn’t just my body,” Ayton said. “People forget the humane difference of me adjusting to everything. That included something as routine as getting proper sleep.

“Just being comfortable in waking up. I didn’t have a bed for quite some time. I was on an air mattress. Just trying to figure this out.”