Michael Porter Jr. Says Clippers Doctor Thought He 'Would Never Play Basketball Again' Before 2018 Draft

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Michael Porter Jr. Says Clippers Doctor Thought He 'Would Never Play Basketball Again' Before 2018 Draft 

Post#1 » by RealGM Wiretap » Thu Sep 3, 2020 5:21 am

Michael Porter Jr. said that the Los Angeles Clippers passed on selecting him in the 2018 NBA Draft because the team doctor thought he would never return to the court due to his back injury.


"Their doctor was the one that wrote the report on me. I think he wrote some stuff like he thought that I would never play basketball again so I didn't think they'd pick me," said Porter.


Porter underwent a microdiscectomy of his L3-L4 spinal disks in November of 2017, then had another spinal surgery in July 2018. 


The Clippers had the 12th and 13th pick in the draft. They traded the 12th pick for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, then selected Jerome Robinson at 13.


Porter went 14th to the Nuggets.


Doc Rivers said that Porter's medical record was too much of a red flag.


"It was brutal for us. We had on our board, just the medical report, the red flag was so hot.


"We got the one guy we wanted in [Gilgeous-Alexander]. And the second pick, when he was on the board, it was a brutal pass because everyone in the room knew his talent but it was more the injury concern. That was the only other concern."

Via Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

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Re: Michael Porter Jr. Says Clippers Doctor Thought He 'Would Never Play Basketball Again' Before 2018 Draft 

Post#2 » by Darthlukey » Thu Sep 3, 2020 6:24 am

Interesting that kind of important information or admission wasn't available prior to signing a multi million dollar rookie deal (which now looks like a total bargain for the nuggets)
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Post#3 » by ecuhus1981 » Thu Sep 3, 2020 6:48 am

Darthlukey wrote:Interesting that kind of important information or admission wasn't available prior to signing a multi million dollar rookie deal (which now looks like a total bargain for the nuggets)

It was though, that information was available to all of the other teams. That's why it was no shock that he dropped, it was just a matter of when it would make sense for a team to take a calculated risk.
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Re: Michael Porter Jr. Says Clippers Doctor Thought He 'Would Never Play Basketball Again' Before 2018 Draft 

Post#4 » by Darthlukey » Thu Sep 3, 2020 6:50 am

ecuhus1981 wrote:
Darthlukey wrote:Interesting that kind of important information or admission wasn't available prior to signing a multi million dollar rookie deal (which now looks like a total bargain for the nuggets)

It was though, that information was available to all of the other teams. That's why it was no shock that he dropped, it was just a matter of when it would make sense for a team to take a calculated risk.

I am glad things are working out well, it would suck to be so talented and young and have that kinda injury wreck your career
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Re: Michael Porter Jr. Says Clippers Doctor Thought He 'Would Never Play Basketball Again' Before 2018 Draft 

Post#5 » by Cassius » Thu Sep 3, 2020 10:55 am

Everyone should watch the 30 for 30 on Sam Bowie. I hope MPJ and the advancements in medical technology help him have a long career.
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Re: Michael Porter Jr. Says Clippers Doctor Thought He 'Would Never Play Basketball Again' Before 2018 Draft 

Post#6 » by TdotRap4Lyfe » Thu Sep 3, 2020 5:10 pm

Jerome Robinson was trash, they may as well take a shot in the dark. Smh. Good job Nuggets.
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