Michael Porter Jr. did not pretend to know all the answers.
The dazzling young forward of the Nuggets even admitted that he did not always share his sometimes outspoken views in the “right way.”
But by asking questions, he is working hard. In his most recent adventure, the 23-year-old is trying to explore the tricky topics circling in his mind with a true and respectful attitude.
The first season of Porter’s interview-style podcast “Curious Mike” was born in a few times when he was involved in sensitive topics such as the death of George Floyd and the COVID pandemic on Twitter and Snapchat, respectively. Porter admitted that disagreements are not allowed in these media. In other words, the dialogue is going in one direction.
“I have never been a person who only silences instead of expressing my opinion, but I think the reason for’Curious Mike’ (beginning)-I became so enthusiastic about these conversations-is because I don’t have “not always Do it the right way,” Porter told the Denver Post in an extensive interview last week.
He said: “I posted little things on Snapchat, or said something about quick little things where people have no background or don’t understand where I come from.” “I didn’t explain where I came from. I didn’t explain, you know, I It’s not that I’m always right. I’m just talking about my opinion, what do you think? It’s like, there’s no room. …Of course, if they disagree, people will jump down your throat. … I think these are topics that should be discussed. I just think you need to make sure it is in the right space.”
The first season (four episodes plus bonus Q&A) includes a conversation with Lecrae, Lecrae, a Grammy-winning Christian rapper, old friends and Atlanta Hawks all-star Trae Young, celebrity pastor Judah Smith and Porter’s Aunt Nancy.
Intentionally or not, Porter’s guests may reveal to him the three most important things: basketball, family, and beliefs, and not necessarily in order. In this episode of Young, Porter happily reviewed the experience of ruling the AAU Tour with Young as his teammate. Together with his Aunt Nancy, Porter plunged into the trap of fame and fortune, thinking about what life would be like without the material wealth to squander NBA players.
The upcoming season will cast a bigger net, even though there is still an NBA name with star power. If he can pick any guest from the sports world, Porter said he would choose Tom Brady. If given the opportunity, Porter said he would choose his brain based on his mental strength and discipline. Porter’s sister Cierra said that his guests are a conscious choice to learn from very successful people.
Moved by her brother’s curiosity, Cierra came up with the name at the moment of inspiration.
“The first episode we recorded shocked me, as if I almost cried because I was so proud of him,” she said. “He is very good at expressing, so you can see (he) really supports what he says and is true and true to himself.”
“I want the world to see me for me,” he said when asked if he was worried about his beliefs being so transparent. “I don’t want to establish any image, nor do I want to act as if everything in my life is perfect, nor do I want to comply with any norms. I just want the world to not necessarily accept me, but I want them to understand me, and then have the opportunity to accept or Don’t accept the real me. … The people who are with it are also with it. You can root or not root for me. It doesn’t matter if you are not.
“…For me, when people look at me, I want them to know that I am as a person and not just a basketball player,” he added.
This includes the temptation to become a celebrity, distractions on social media, and personal struggles that everyone encounters.
This offseason, Porter has tried his best to stay away from social media, and he realized that this is bad for his mental health. Instead, he jumped from city to city with his chefs, strength coaches and coaches, working hard to prepare for the upcoming season.
Last week, he worked out at the University of Washington with Isaiah Thomas in Seattle. He has trained in Phoenix, Dallas, Los Angeles and Missouri for the upcoming season.
One of his offseasons included a week of training with Stephen Curry in the Bay Area. Potter, in his words, is still in “grind mode.”
When asked about his contract status, this is also his preferred word. Entering his fourth season, Porter is eligible to postpone until the beginning of the season. He said that he talks with his agent Mark Bartelstein every day about the latest news and is encouraged by his negotiating position.
“Everything sounds great, moving in the direction I want,” Porter said. “Nothing is set in stone, but for now, everything is in progress.
“One thing about Mark-some things may have been done, but Mark is the best in the industry,” Porter added. “I told him,’Come slowly and do your thing. I’m not in a hurry, I’m in grinding mode. I’m not stressed about this. I’m just in the gym. Call me whenever you have news to tell me. .'”
Therefore, despite the prospect of a considerable windfall, Porter’s attention has been focused on the gym. But when his thoughts are floating, his new project has a place to let his thoughts land.