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Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
They say never make a big decision on an empty stomach. Perhaps that should apply to sending out messages on Snapchat as well. Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. made that mistake Tuesday and he may have leaked NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s personal cell phone number as a result. The snap, captioned with the phrase “Lunch yet?,” captured a slide revealing Silver’s cell number, office phone and email address with the commissioner on stage speaking.
Harrison Wind: Spoke with Michael Porter Jr. who says his knee injury isn’t anything serious and he could play today. However, Denver is remaining cautious. He’s working out with the team in Las Vegas and says he doesn’t have any restrictions but doesn’t think he’ll play here.
Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. told CBS4 he still hopes to play in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas despite a knee injury he suffered Wednesday in practice. “It really wasn’t that big of a deal,” said Porter Jr. when asked about the injury. “Just landed a little bit funny. Nothing crazy, but I got up with a little bit of a limp. They just decided to give me a few days to rest. But I told them I’m still going to try and get out there at some point during summer league.”
“This is what I was looking forward to for the past year, you know what I mean,” added Porter Jr. “I’m still trying to get out there and I think I will be able to a little later in the summer league, but I feel good. My knee is not a problem right now.”
The Nuggets expect to introduce the promising Michael Porter Jr. this season after winning the West’s regular-season title — and are said to be interested in making an ambitious play to bring Iguodala back to Denver if Iguodala can extricate himself from Memphis.
“You feel bad, because the kid has been putting in a lot of work, and he was excited to play,” Nuggets assistant coach Jordi Fernandez said. “But obviously the most important thing for him is to be ready for the NBA season. Again, it’s nothing major.” Before Porter’s latest setback, Fernandez was impressed by his play. “I’ve been fortunate to be around really good players, and what I see from him is special,” Fernandez said. You see things and you don’t want to say, ‘Whoa’ too loud, but, yeah, you see it. He’s pretty special.”
Still, the Nuggets do not plan to rush Porter back into action. “While we are all very excited about the potential impact that he can have, we also don’t want to put too much pressure on him,” said Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly. “He’s really hard on himself because he holds himself to such a high standard. Convincing him that this is going to be a process has been challenging. Which speaks to his competitiveness and love for the game. He wants it so bad.”
Nick Kosmider: Have confirmed @Michael Singer’s report that Michael Porter Jr. suffered a knee sprain in last night’s scrimmage. Team does not believe it to be anything serious and it is not related to his surgically repaired back, but Nuggets have no desire to risk anything in Las Vegas.
Nick Kosmider: Nuggets announce summer league roster, highlighted by Michael Porter Jr. and coached for the second straight year by Jordi Fernandez. No Bol Bol on the roster. pic.twitter.com/rIX5VXtB68
Chris Dempsey: Porter on his chatter to teammates all season about how good he is. He laughed. “I honestly didn’t know I was talking that much until I saw their interviews saying ‘He’s been chatting all year.’ When people forget about you, how good you are, you kind of have to let them know.”
Chris Dempsey: And then there’s this: Porter Jr. said health wise he hasn’t felt this good, “since sophomore year of high school.” Which is crazy to think about b/c he was the National Player of the Year as a senior & McDonald’s All-American game MVP. #Nuggets
Chris Dempsey: As we close in on summer league, a couple of quick notes about Michael Porter Jr., from our @AltitudeTV interview with him this week. First, expect him to play primarily SF and SG – yes, SG – w/maybe some PF mixed in as a stretch player. MPJ’s skillset allows him to play all 3.
Chris Dempsey: Porter: “That’s where they have me right now. That’s where I feel most comfortable, out on the perimeter, handling the ball. So, that’s where I feel the best. That’s where they have me at. So, I guess that’s what they see in me, and that’s pretty cool.” #Nuggets
Chris Dempsey: Porter Jr.: “…People have kind of forgot about me, so I’m not really going out there for them to try to prove to fans, this and that. I’m really going out there for myself and to glorify God and my family, and just get back out there and play the game I love.” #Nuggets
Harrison Wind: Tim Connelly on Michael Porter Jr., who’s SL debut is around the corner: “He’s been in the gym twice a day for a long time. He’s been fully cleared for several months. Him and Jarred (Vanderbilt) have pushed each other…He resembles the player we saw prior to all the injuries.”
On ESPN’s morning show, “Get Up,” host Jalen Rose and NBA analyst Adrian Wojnarowski were raving about what the No. 14 pick of the 2018 draft could bring to an already deep Nuggets team. “Can Michael Porter Jr. of the Nuggets, who were a No. 2 seed, play like a lottery pick,” Rose asked. Wojnarowski added, “All I’ve heard from Denver is Michael Porter Jr., every day in the gym, has been outstanding. They think he’s going to be really, really good. That team…If he helps that team next year, don’t forget about the Nuggets [as contenders]. They have depth and that’s a really good team.”
Before kicking off their weekends, several Denver Nuggets players went through a grueling workout session at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The high altitude (the amphitheatre sits at 6,450 feet above sea level at its peak height) and plethora of steep steps provide the players with a challenging training session. Monte Morris, Will Barton, Jarred Vanderbilt, Michael Porter Jr., Thomas Welsh and Brandon Goodwin participated in the Friday morning workout.
Michael Porter Jr. is ready and prepared to take part in Summer League in July, where he will look to showcase his talents and NBA readiness. “Yea I can’t wait to get back out there. Nothing will compare to being out there for the first time in a real game. This team has a lot of weapons already, but I think I can be a versatile guy that does a lot of different things on the court and be a shot maker.”
“He (Porter Jr.) is special for sure,” Nuggets guard Monte Morris added. “He can handle it, shoot it and he’s 6’11”. He’s a freak athlete. The best thing about Michael is that he feels he’s the best player on the court at all times, no matter who is out there. He carries that swagger about himself, so I feel it will be easy for him to adjust when he steps into the rotation because with that swagger, you will go out there and play confident.”
Harrison Wind: Nuggets listing Torrey Craig (shoulder sprain) as questionable for tomorrow’s matchup vs. the Pacers. Michael Porter Jr. (back) remains out. Trey Lyles is off the injury report.
Harrison Wind: Jarred Vanderbilt is questionable for tomorrow’s matchup with the Suns. Isaiah Thomas and Michael Porter Jr. remain out. Juancho Hernangomez, who’s been battling an abdominal strain, is off the Nuggets’ injury report.
Jarred Vanderbilt admitted there were days when his rehab became a grind, and that’s where Porter Jr., whom he’s known since the third grade, became invaluable. “It’s always some days you just don’t want to do it, where you just don’t even want to be here,” Vanderbilt said. “Just having him, knowing that he’s going through the same thing that I was going through, we were able to help pick each other up.”
Why stop at one? Kenyon Martin thinks the Denver Nuggets are deserving of three representatives at the NBA All-Star Game next month in Charlotte. “I don’t know how many All-Stars they would get, but (among) guys that deserve it, they probably could have three,” Martin, the Nuggets’ star power forward and enforcer from 2004-11, said at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night before his old club hooked up with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “But who knows? But (are they) deserving of that? Yeah … they’re playing well, can only get better. If they keep it together and guys continue to get better and grow. You’ve got guys that haven’t played yet: Isaiah (Thomas) and Michael Porter. So just imagine. Then you add some of that caliber of talent to the mix, it can only get better. Guys buy into just winning not ego, (it) could be great.”
Harrison Wind: Michael Malone today on Isaiah Thomas and Michael Porter Jr who are both without timelines to return. On Thomas: “…I don’t think any of us envisioned it going (this far into the season)…” Porter has gone through non-contact parts of practice. “The guy has a pure jump shot.” pic.twitter.com/Ws3ywQZBBk
There’s still a chance Denver lottery pick Michael Porter Jr. will play his first game late in the season, sources indicated. The Knicks passed on Porter at No. 9 because, sources said, they were told he wouldn’t play this season. Kevin Knox, meanwhile, is in the running for Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December after averaging 17 points and 16 rebounds. Word is Porter Jr. is looking solid during private workouts.
Those who have seen Michael Porter Jr. work out in Denver as he recovers from back surgery report he’s looking impressive. Even the team is surprised how well he has been shooting the 3-pointer as he works with coach Mark Price.
What do you do with your free time? Michael Porter: Man, play Fortnite. [Laughs] I do a lot of things, I like to read, but I play my video games, too. What are you reading right now, and are you reading on paper or on an iPad? Michael Porter: If I’m reading, I like to read on paper just to detach from my devices. If you read on a phone or an iPad, you’re definitely going to get on Instagram and get distracted, so I like to be focused. I’m reading a book called Eragon. It’s about dragons. It’s cool.
Former top college basketball recruit Michael Porter Jr. released a video Wednesday on The Players’ Tribune in which he discussed his time at Missouri and his journey to the NBA.
It’s hard to make out the bottom of the list, but I can confidently say the first four here are DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, Luka Doncic and Michael Porter Jr. It makes sense that this would be the team’s draft order. Oops!
Harrison Wind: Gary Harris (left hamstring strain) is questionable for tomorrow’s preseason opener vs Lakers. Isaiah Thomas (right hip surgery), Michael Porter Jr (low back surgery), Jarred Vanderbilt (right foot surgery) are all out.
Duvalier Johnson: Connelly on Porter Jr: “Michael’s rehab is going really well but no time frame. He’s had two surgeries and no need to rush him back, we’re not so concerned about the short term.”
Harrison Wind: Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas on Michael Porter Jr: “There’s no timeline.”…”He’s moving in the right direction.” via @AltitudeSR
Jordan Schultz: On Aug 2, source close to Michael Porter, Jr. told me “he’s doing great.” Despite Porter’s confirmation, his camp not ready to decide on possible redshirt. Focus is simply “getting better every day.” Porter has endured 2 back surgeries. Hope is he’s ready 4 reg season. #Nuggets
Noah Coslov: We had Michael Porter Jr. on with us @SiriusXMNBA on the Luka Doncic IG issue: “It was an accident and I reached out to Luka right away, we’re cool. We saw each other earlier.” — as far as being overrated: “If I had played in college, I would have averaged 30 and 15.”
Porter told ESPN he immediately reached out to Doncic to explain it was an accident and retold the story while standing next to Doncic at Sunday’s event. “So what’s crazy is that blew up,” said Porter. “Believe it or not, I’m scrolling through [a post about] the Rookie of the Year odds and I accidentally like a comment. This is the Euroleague MVP and I got nothing but respect for him. I was like, ‘Man, I didn’t want to come off like that.’ I reached out to [Doncic], told him it was 100 percent accident and I told him, ‘I can’t wait to see what you do in the league.’ I wasn’t worried about what fans thought, but I wanted to let him know instantly. It was 100 percent accident.”
Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. said he’s pain-free after a second surgery on his back, and the 14th overall pick in the 2018 draft is hoping to be on the court near the start of the 2018-19 season. Porter told ESPN on Sunday at the NBA’s annual rookie photo shoot that, “I finally feel, like, good,” and he is hoping to be ready for game action around the time the season tips in mid-October.
“I don’t have a date but I’m hoping to be back for the beginning of the year. Gotta heal up, but I feel great,” said Porter. “I’m able to get on the court a little bit right now, do something different things. But my rehab has definitely been very conservative. They’re really taking it easy with me, being patient with me.”
Porter elected to have the second surgery last month with hopes of alleviating all issues with his back before the start of his rookie season. “[Doctors originally] only thought one of [the bulging disks] was symptomatic,” said Porter. “They went in and fixed that one. Turns out that both were symptomatic. So my first surgery helped a lot but didn’t fix the entire problem. Now that they did this one, I’ve got no pain or anything. I’m excited.”
Former Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. has undergone his second back surgery in eight months, according to the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him No. 14 overall in June’s NBA Draft. But his father told The Star on Thursday that there was still a chance the 6-foot-10 scorer could be ready by the start of the NBA season.
“Mike’s feeling great,” MU assistant coach Michael Porter Sr. told The Star on Thursday. “The doctors got more insight into what was going on. Just cleaned up a bit of a herniation that was pressing on a nerve. … The initial prognosis, it sounded like he could be ready at the start of the season. It’s a good deal all the way around.”
Lumbar spine surgery involves the lower back and is usually done to relieve nerve root pinching. Porter’s previous surgery involved the L3 and L4 vertebrates, and was to relive pressure on the spinal nerve column.
Harrison Wind: Michael Porter Jr. has undergone surgery of the lumbar spine at The Carrell Clinic in Dallas, TX. The Procedure was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett. There is no timetable for his return to basketball participation, Nuggets say.
Harrison Wind: Can confirm @AschNBA’s report that Michael Porter Jr. had another procedure on his back but those close to the situation are encouraged/excited by his prognosis. I’m told this was a scenario that was on the table when the Nuggets selected him 14th overall.
Nick Kosmider: Tim Connelly, being interviewed on ESPNU, on the Michael Porter Jr. timetable: “The only thing we’re certain of at this point is that we won’t get him out there until he’s 100 percent.”
Since then, the organization has been in lockstep with one another on that message. “We understood the risk-reward situation with Michael Porter, and we felt at 14 he was far too great of a talent to pass up,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said during an in-game interview on NBATV during Denver’s Summer League win over the Celtics Saturday night. “And we’re going to to be patient. We’re not going to rush him back and that’s the luxury we have. “We have a very good team coming back, we have a very deep team so there’s no reason for us to say ‘Michael’s got to play this year.’ We’re going to give him all the time and treatment he needs to get better and hopefully he can get back and help us this year.”
Nick Kosmider: Michael Porter Jr., as I wrote today, still has no timetable for his return. But he is shooting jump shots after Nuggets practice and he does not miss the bottom of the net. It’s a hell of a stroke for what that’s worth.
Gina Mizell: MPJ, still shooting in socks at #Nuggets summer league practice. Once again, he won’t play in Vegas but has been here throughout the week.
Gina Mizell: Howdy from the #Nuggets’ first summer league practice. First-round pick Michael Porter Jr. (who won’t play in Vegas) is here but laying on a training table. Second-round pick Jarred Vanderbilt is still on a scooter.
Harrison Wind: As expected, draft picks Michael Porter Jr and Jarred Vanderbilt will not play at Summer League for the Nuggets. Here’s the team’s full roster including 2017 draft-and-stash Vlatko Cancar, who’s playing for Slovenia in 2019 World Cup qualifiers right now.
Will he play next season? If so, when? Will he ever truly be healthy? Nuggets president Josh Kroenke told The Undefeated he was uncertain about whether Porter Jr. would play in summer league or during the 2018-19 season. Before his post-draft news conference, Porter Jr. walked around with a slight limp as he took a congratulatory phone call from Kroenke and head coach Michael Malone. Kroenke, an ex-Missouri guard, was ecstatic to land Porter Jr. “Michael is an incredible talent and we were surprised to see him available at No. 14,” Kroenke told The Undefeated via text message. “We know the risks associated with him due to his recent back injury at Missouri, but he’s an incredibly hard worker, is an outstanding young man and we think he will fit in well with our up-and-coming group in Denver.”
Harrison Wind: Michael Porter Jr says teams at the top of the draft were telling him he was “their guy” until his hip flared up last week. Then, he started hearing he was going to drop. “Once one team gets scared, they all get scared,” he said.
The possibility kept growing. And growing. So, as Thursday morning rolled around and the NBA Draft crept closer, Tim Connelly asked agent Mark Bartelstein if he would put his young client, Michael Porter Jr., on the phone. Bartelstein obliged and, just hours before the draft began, Connelly had his first official conversation with the surprise pick of the draft no one saw coming. “Quite frankly, I thought it was a conversation just in case,” Connelly, Denver’s president of basketball operations, said late Thursday night, after Denver drafted Porter and, in the second round, Kentucky forward Jared Vanderbilt and UCLA big man Thomas Welsh. “I didn’t think it was a real possibility. We met about it extensively over the last 48 hours — what if, what if, what if. This morning, the what-if became a bit more real.”
Duvalier Johnson: Tim Connelly said “if we can get Michael Porter Jr. healthy we’re going to be getting a special, special player.” #Nuggets
Ian Begley: Michael Porter Jr. on NYK fans chanting his name at the draft: “Honestly, I was feeling bad for (him) if it wasn’t me, the kid that did get drafted in New York. (Knox) is my guy, and I’m happy for him. When a kid gets drafted, I’m looking at them and I’m feeling joy, too.”
Harrison Wind: Nuggets Assistant GM Calvin Booth on Michael Porter Jr’s health: “I think Michael is feeling good. Obviously, his back has to be monitored but once we get him here and have our training staff, we’ll assess and come up with a plan of action and follow through with that plan.”
Nick Kosmider: Nuggets assistant GM Calvin Booth: “Coming into this process, we wouldn’t never thought that Michael would have there at that point in the draft. To come up with him is just unbelievable.”