Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr throws shade at Clippers doctor’s dreadful pre-draft report
There’s no denying that Denver Nuggets stud Michael Porter Jr. is one of the brightest young talents in the NBA today. However, for those who may not be too familiar with his injury history, there was actually one point in his career that people doubted if he would ever be able to play again.
Apparently, one of his biggest non-believers happened to be the head doctor for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets forward remembers that exact moment to this very day:
“All Top 10 teams have their doctors there and they’re just evaluating me,” Porter said in a recent appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & the Three podcast. “The guy from the Clippers was the head doctor and he’s the one that wrote the report, it’s like, ‘yeah, he probably will never play again.'”
Michael Porter Jr. tells a pre-draft story on the @OldManAndThree: “The guy from the Clippers was the head doctor, and he’s the one who wrote the report that I’d probably never play again.”
Two years later, MPJ averaged 19 PPG and 7 RPG on 54% from the field and 45% from deep. pic.twitter.com/RKQ6M9uvDX
— Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) September 16, 2021
It’s been three years since Porter got drafted, but it’s clear that this particular moment has stuck with him to this very day. MPJ was a Top 3 prospect before he suffered a couple of career-threatening injuries prior to the 2018 NBA Draft. His stock fell significantly, which allowed the Nuggets to select him all the way at 14th.
Now with the benefit of hindsight, we can say without question that the Clippers doctor’s report was absolutely wrong. Not only was Porter able to return to the court, but he’s now established himself as a rising star in the NBA. For their part, the Nuggets are definitely benefitting from the huge risk they took on MPJ three years ago.