Michael Porter Jr. Says He's Pain-Free, Eyes Debut Early In Season

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2018

"Believe it or not, I'm scrolling through [a post about] the Rookie of the Year odds and I accidentally like a comment". Porter shared his recovery goals with ESPN, who were in attendance during the NBA's annual rookie photo shoot."I finally feel, like, good", said Porter.

As a freshman at Missouri last season, Porter suffered a lower back injury in the team's season opener against Iowa State, which required surgery and kept him out for almost the entire season.

Porter had back surgery this offseason and likely will miss the start of the coming season, and maybe more as the Nuggets have a playoff-level team in the West and will be looking to win games, not spend a lot of minutes easing Porter back in and developing him slowly.

"I'm able to get on the court a little bit, do some different things", Porter continued.

In July it was announced Porter Jr would undergo his 2nd back surgery in 8 months to fix two bulging disks in his back. "They're really taking it easy with me, being patient with me".

July's procedure is the second back surgery Porter has had in the past year.

"So what's insane is that blew up", Porter said. Turns out that both were symptomatic.

Porter was predicted by some to go first overall in the draft, but due to health problems limiting him to just three appearances in his only season at Missouri, he fell to the Denver Nuggets at 14th overall.

Porter raised some eyebrows earlier this week when it was noted that he liked an Instagram comment that had called Dallas rookie Luka Doncic "overrated". I was like, 'Man, I didn't want to come off like that'.

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