Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. underwent a second surgery on his lumbar spine, the team announced Thursday. There is no timetable for a return to action, though he has not been officially ruled out for the upcoming season.
In fact, there is currently no plan for Porter to sit out all of 2018-19, according to NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner, who reported that the surgery occurred last week. The procedure apparently pinpointed significant factors contributing to his herniated disc ailment.
Coming out of high school, Michael Porter Jr. was the bonafide No. 1 overall pick before going to the University of Missouri where he would immediately suffer a season-ending back injury. Instead of going No. 1 in the 2018 NBA Draft, he dropped to No. 14 to the Denver Nuggets.
Now, he’s getting more back surgeries and will most likely sit out the entire 2018-19 season because he doesn’t have a back. I’ve been told that in order to play basketball, one must have a back. Not sure though. Need more data.
I’m not going to sit here a celebrate that a teenager doesn’t have a working spine. This isn’t really about MPJ at all. I’m sure he’s a nice guy or whatever. What I’m about to say has everything to do with the way the media has decided to reinforce this incorrect narrative that the Knicks mess up every draft.
Last season, the Knicks draft point guard Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick. He’s already one of the best perimeter defenders in the entire league but offensively, he’s a complete non-factor and has the confidence of a circus elephant when it spots a mouse.
The Utah Jazz selected Donovan Mitchell in the same draft five picks later and Mitchell turned into a monster averaging 20.5 points a night and leading the team, as a rookie, to the second round of the playoffs after teabagging Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in round one.
Naturally, sports media decided to shit on the Knicks for not picking Donovan Mitchell even though no one in the NBA thought Mitchell would turn into a superstar. Mitchell was drafted 13th which means 12 other teams passed on him but nope, people only chose to mock the Knicks.
Similarly this year, the New York Knicks drafted the gawd, Kevin Knox, with the No. 9 overall pick and after the Nuggets picked Porter Jr, the finger was immediately pointed at the Knicks for letting MPJ drop that low even though 13 OTHER TEAMS PASSED ON MICHAEL PORTER JR NOT JUST THE KNICKS.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) July 17, 2018
Oh, look at that. Kevin Knox was one of the best players in the Summer League? Interesting considering that Knox averaged over 20 points a game in the Summer League while Michael Porter Jr. was wearing a back brace like Sweet Dee Reynolds in high schools.
So real quick, AHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA @Denver, Michael Porter Jr and everyone at ESPN.
Kevin Knox is going to win the 2018 Rookie of the Year award and Michael Porter Jr is going to be in a wheelchair watching. Can’t wait.
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