SALT LAKE CITY – Defiantly, Nuggets striker Michael Porter Jr. tells skeptical NBA to the Twitterverse: “I really don’t care what people say.”
We love brawler. But if Porter can’t live up to the expectations that come with an annual salary of $30.9 million, RIP is reminded by MPJ.
Porter played his first basketball game in 348 days, and it wasn’t a happy or triumphant comeback for Porter.
In the season opener, the Nuggets were beaten 123-102 on Wednesday night by Utah side Victor Wimpanyama, the most-anticipated No. 1 pick since LeBron James in 2003.
Porter scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. But his defense was missing, allowing lesser-known players in the Utah outfit, including Laurie Markkanen, who scored 17 points, to make up for MPJ’s contributions towards the end of the attack.
In his search for inner peace, Porter closed his ears and eyes on social media, and made a concerted effort not to get sucked into what he calls his “rabbit hole.”
When asked why he decided to pull the plug when checking his signals, Porter cited the Super Bowl-winning quarterback who is now on a coast-to-coast blast as being washed out.
“If you have a good game, people talk great about you. Bad game, everything on Twitter is negative,” Porter said.
“I see examples, over and over again. Example: Russell Wilson, he’s a good friend of mine. People have praised him so much throughout his career and now he’s having some adversities, and the things people write about him on Twitter are kind of disappointing. That’s why I try to stay away On social media.
Shutting down Twitter or Instagram? This is easy – and wise – for MPJ to do. But do you play anywhere near the closing defense, even if it’s one? will not happen. At least not anytime soon.
The same chronic back problems that brought Porter down to 14th in the first round of the 2018 draft, limited him to just nine games last season before undergoing lumbar surgery on December 1.
said Porter, who doesn’t know if the back pain will worsen or when it will recur.
To have any legitimate chance of winning the first championship in franchise history, the Nuggets need Porter on the field as an influential player, and he is the third offensive choice after Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.
“It could be a piece that helps us win our first championship,” said coach Michael Malone.
On the morning of his first Nuggets line-up since undergoing his third back surgery, Porter spoke of “goals that are definitely bigger than I’ve achieved so far that keep me excited.”
She tells MPJ that in the rabbit hole, he’ll find skeptics who wonder if his sweet blues’ potential will be fulfilled.
“Would you say unrealized potential?” Porter asked me.
“Yes,” I said, admitting that was the term I would apply to his NBA career.
Porter replied, “That’s why I’m not worried about what people like you are talking about.”
“I love her,” she told MPJ. “Forget people like me, when you look in the mirror, what do you see and how do you define yourself?”
Porter exhaled to collect his thoughts, before providing this definition: “Try not to define myself with the expectations of others. Try to get better every day, live day by day and try to get better.”
MPJ paused for a moment, tired of the topic of unrealized potential, and then declared the conversation over.
I’m done,” Porter said, as he got up from a court bench and walked into the Denver locker room.
Maybe MPJ doesn’t really care what you or I think.
But he’s sensitive enough to be interested in living on a $179 million contract that the Nuggets have invested in his potential.
Is MPJ’s back and mind fit to carry this burden? It is the most interesting puzzle of this season.
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