Michael Porter Jr. Out "For the Foreseeable Future"


More bad news for the Denver Nuggets, as forward Michael Porter Jr. has been ruled out "for the foreseeable future" with back soreness.

Head coach Mike Malone says “This is a process where we’re being very cautious, talking to doctors, getting imaging all that kind of stuff.”

Porter Jr. has a history of back troubles; he underwent back surgery during his collegiate year, and another one that kept him out of his rookie season in the NBA. One NBA team doctor, before Porter's draft, even went so far as to tell him that he would never play again because of his back. 

Porter, of course, proved that Los Angeles Clippers doc wrong, to the point that he signed a max rookie extension this offseason with the Nuggets, that guarantees him $172M.

Perhaps these back issues, however, are what's to blame for Porter's terrible start to the season, averaging just 9.9 points, while shooting 35.9% from the field and 20.8% from deep. 

The Nuggets are already without Jamaal Murray, who's recovering from a torn ACL, and now are facing a suspension of MVP Nikola Jokic, after the shoving incident that's taking the league by storm today. 

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