After his one season of college basketball was defined by a long-term injury, Michael Porter Jr. has another ailment that has forced him to cancel one of his pre-NBA draft pro days.
According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, Porter has a strained hip and muscle spasms that are preventing him from getting out of bed, prompting the cancelation of a pro day workout in Chicago that had been scheduled for Friday.
Porter is almost a lock to be a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft later this month, and he could even rise into the top 10 or even top 5 if teams are sold on his long-term health.
Givony further reports that one of the main goals of the pro day was for Porter to prove his health to NBA teams.
“NBA teams had been invited to bring their own trainers and doctors to evaluate the former No. 2 high school recruit prior to the start of the now-canceled workout — an unusual step to prove he is healthy.”
Depending on how the forward responds to treatment and rest, he and his team could reschedule the pro day.
Porter missed almost all of Missouri’s 2017-18 basketball season after undergoing back surgery after the Tigers played just a couple games. He returned for the SEC Tournament but played in only one game as the Tigers lost their opener to Georgia. Missouri also lost its first-round game in the NCAA Tournament.
In each of those games, Porter showed flashes of what made him one of the top recruits and NBA prospects in the nation, but he lacked explosiveness and conditioning, general marks of a long layoff.
The NBA draft will be held on Thursday, June 21.
UPDATE: Porter seems to be working on some trolling and/or damage control, as he posted these pictures later Thursday afternoon.
— Michael Porter Jr (@MPJr) June 14, 2018