What’s wrong with Michael Porter Jr. is the space between the ears.
His shot goes clink, clunk, clunk. For a guy like MPJ, who defines himself as a shooter, and a team like Denver, who needs every bucket he can scavenge from this roster, that’s a problem. But the real issue here seems to be much more serious. The MPJ’s headspace appears empty like a bed full of firecrackers strewn across tangled sheets.
At this point, Porter is not only dangerous to the success of the Nuggets, but during Saturday’s terrifying 95-94 win against the Houston Rockets, MPJ stuck to his temper, so awkwardly he hurt his back and played the game. left. Let’s hope the training staff also issues him an ice pack for his stifled ego.
“I hugged him,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone.
I know this: what Porter needs more than a talented masseuse is a sports psychotherapist. Before he can fix his faulty shooting stroke, MPJ needs to fix his mind.
I am not in a position to predict whether a day, a week or more will be needed for his pain to heal. But whenever MPJ prepares to return to the court, the Nuggets should remove him from the starting lineup and allow him to regain his stroke and confidence coming off the bench.
What was wrong with the MPJ was exposed before everyone’s eyes at the Ball Arena, in an instant so hard-to-deserve. It not only inspired many nuggets loyal to a crowd of 16,046 to boo one of their own. , rather struggling, snatched the young forward’s poignant back. , which forced him to sign a contract extension that could be worth more than $200 million.
Early in the first quarter, with Denver leading 6–0, Porter collected a loose ball near midcourt and dribbled down the court, with teammate Will Barton running toward the hoop ahead of his right flank. , and guard Monte Morris an MPJ’s left-facing lane.
It was a three-on-zero fastbrake. It’s impossible for the middle school squad to mess up. But instead of losing an easy penny, MPJ found a way to control himself. He took off for a shot in the lane, and at lift-off, seemed unsure whether he wanted to sink the ball or flip it gently through the glass.
“I turned my head, thinking he dunked the basketball,” Barton said. “I turned back and the ball was off the rim.”
Porter foiled the shot, which bounced once, bounced off the rim twice and landed on the floor with an ugly splash of a wet spill before a rebound was collected by Houston center Daniel Theis. The MPJ bowed his head in shame. Malone said it was bad karma not to pass Barton. After working seven 7 minutes in the first quarter, he retired to the Denver locker room and did not return to the game.
When will MPJ return? And how much will the Nuggets miss him?
“It’s going to be tough. He’s one of our main threats aggressively,” Barton said. “We rely on him to score and rebound. Whenever you lose one of your main guys, it will be hard to recover from.”
The Nuggets stopped the Rockets, whose record fell to 1-8, when center Nikola Jokic made defensive stalwart Rudy Gobert and blocked a lay-up by J’Sean Tate on the buzzer.
“I was just there… I couldn’t even jump,” said Jokic, the most self-effective MVP in NBA history.
It’s early, at the start of this NBA season. But at this point in time, the Joker and the Jester aren’t playing any championship contenders. In fact, these Jokers on the field with Jokick don’t even look like a sure thing to do for a place in the playoffs.
After registering the Nuggets’ fifth win in nine games, Malone said, “It wasn’t a pretty win, let’s be honest.” “But for us, any win right now is too good.”
MPJ is a major issue. Maximum contract extension was a gamble. And it seems silly now.
The nuggets gave her $200 million in love, and the man was terrified.
1 task for Malone is to find some way to screw Porter’s head back straight.