HoopsHype Otto Porter rumors

November 8, 2013 Updates

The Wizards visited the Walter Reed center in Bethesda last month and will continue to assist members of TAPS, a non-profit organization that assists family members grieving the loss of a loved one who died in military service. Beginning with Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, the team will sell hats with the word, “Courage,” written in Wizards lettering, for $25 at the team store at Verizon Center. Courage hats autographed by Beal, Wall, Nene or Webster will go for $50, while those signed by Marcin Gortat, Al Harrington, Otto Porter or Kevin Seraphin will go for $40. All of the proceeds with go toward TAPS. “It takes a lot to muster that up especially after losing so much physically,” Webster said. “For them to come out here and be happy the way they are, it changes your whole perspective on life. It makes you appreciate the things that you have. The problems we have as basketball players doesn’t even compare to what they’ve been through for our country let alone what they put themselves through.” Washington Post

October 31, 2013 Updates

Yesterday, Jordan Brand made official their signings of Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr. and Cody Zeller - the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th picks of the 2013 NBA Draft, who were choosen by the Magic, Wizards and Bobcats. “We are excited to add Victor, Otto and Cody to the Jordan family,” said Michael Jordan. “As we continue to expand and improve our performance product, these young players will be a big part of our efforts around the game of basketball.” Sole Collector

October 29, 2013 Updates

There’s no timetable for Porter’s return, and in a call with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday, coach Randy Wittman continued his pattern of not knowing things. “I don’t know who he is and have not had a chance to coach him yet,” Wittman said, when asked his opinion of the Wizards rookie . “He’s not been able to step on the floor one day yet.” Washington Post

October 28, 2013 Updates

The day before the Wizards left for the season opener in Detroit, rookie Otto Porter went to get an MRI on his right hip flexor strain Monday, CSN Washington has learned. Porter still hasn't practiced or participated in any full-contact drills since the Las Vegas summer league when he played less than three games because of hamstring soreness in the same leg. CSNWashington.com

October 23, 2013 Updates

Porter is the fourth first-round pick to play for John Thompson III at Georgetown. Monroe, Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green have all gone on to have productive NBA careers, with Hibbert making an all-star team. Monroe believes Porter will keep the tradition going. “It’s an adjustment,” Monroe said. “Right now he’s at the top two toughest positions to play at in this league. He definitely has to get stronger. He’s fine. He’s going to learn. His work ethic is through the roof. I know he’ll grow up real fast.” Washington Post

Porter has been sidelined with a right hip flexor since Sept. 14 and doesn’t have a timetable for his return. He recently said that his hip “still hurts.” Monroe said he’s confident that Porter will be able to find his way whenever he makes his debut. “I talked to him before training camp to make sure he’s good,” Monroe said. “He’s fine. I’m always [at Georgetown] in the summer and he’s been there. He’s a very intelligent kid, very mature. He doesn’t have much to worry about off the court.” Washington Post

October 19, 2013 Updates

Porter shot three-pointers with his teammates after practice Saturday but continues to be limited with a strained right hip flexor. The Wizards originally listed Porter as day-to-day but Coach Randy Wittman said he hasn’t been able to play since suffering the injury on Sept. 14. There is now no timetable for his return but Porter is hoping for some good news with his doctor visit. “Just to make sure nothing is out of whack,” Porter said. “It still hurts. I’ve got to heal. It’s not healed yet. That’s the only thing keeping me from getting out there on the court. I just got to rest and take time to heal.” Washington Post

October 8, 2013 Updates

After about 25 minutes, Otto Porter Jr., the Georgetown basketball star and the Washington Wizards’ newest first-round draft pick, drove up, hopped out of his car and entered the shop. Mr. Porter soon exited with his sandwich and drink — but also with a sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink for the homeless man. Mr. Porter then sat down next to the man, and they both enjoyed their sandwiches while making small talk. Washington Post

September 28, 2013 Updates

At the conclusion of the Washington Wizards’ first training camp session on Saturday at George Mason’s Patriot Center, Otto Porter Jr. stepped on the floor and starting shooting stand-still jumpers. Unfortunately for Porter, that was the most action that the third overall pick from Georgetown was allowed to get. “No moving. Keep that to a minimum,” said Porter, who is sidelined with a right hip flexor as camp began. Washington Post

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July 23, 2013 Updates

Porter should be graded on a curve given that his all-around, Uber-Glue Guy style isn't the best fit for the structure-less brand of basketball played here, but you'd still expect one of the Big East's top scorers and the highest 2013 draft pick playing in Vegas to average more points per game than Arinze Onuaku. He'll probably fare better with better talent around him, but his three games before a hamstring injury shut him down were total snoozefests. ESPN.com

July 13, 2013 Updates

Otto Porter hit his first two shots of the Washington Wizards' Summer League opener against the Golden State Warriors ... and then hit one of his last 13, often disappearing from the offense in an ugly 56-52 loss. Afterwards, multiple people with the Wizards noted that they wanted to see him find ways to be more aggressive. "He's got to be more assertive. He's got to find some of his own offense sometimes on the court. I could run plays for him, get him shots. But if those don't work, now what?" Wizards summer league coach Sam Cassell said. "There are things he's got to do himself. He did it at Georgetown, and he can do it here." Bullets Forever

July 8, 2013 Updates
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David Aldridge: Wiz hoping to get Martell Webster re-signed quickly with MLE. View him as great locker room voice, think he'd help Otto Porter development. Twitter @daldridgetnt

June 28, 2013 Updates

Comcast SportsNet chatted with Otto Porter after being drafted by the Wizards last night, and the former Georgetown star seemed excited that he wouldn’t have to move very far. “I am familiar with that place,” said Porter, of the Verizon Center. “In my two years in D.C., I have been there a couple of times.” “Definitely a good transition, because I’m familiar with everything. It’s not like you have to go somewhere else and know where you’re gonna eat at, know where certain places are. It’s like home away from home.” Washington Post

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