Otto Porter Injury: Updates on Wizards Rookie's Hip, Likely Return Date
Updates from Tuesday, Dec. 3
J. Michael of CSNWashington.com reports Porter is inching closer to his debut with the Wizards:
Otto Porter is on the cusp of getting his first game action vs. the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
Porter, the No. 3 overall pick in June, returned to practice last week after being out since Sept. 13 with a right hip flexor strain.
Michael continued with a statement from Wizards head coach Randy Wittman:
That coach Randy Wittman is now attaching a possible timetable to his return is significant. He has until Friday to assess Porter's fitness and grasp of his system.
If he's not ready, Porter won't be rushed.
"Otto, we got to get on the floor, get after him and get him going and see where we are after these three days," said Wittman.
From J. Michael of CSNWashington.com:
The day before the Wizards left for the season opener in Detroit, rookie Otto Porter went to get an MRI on his right hip flexor strain Monday, CSN Washington has learned.
Porter still hasn't practiced or participated in any full-contact drills since the Las Vegas summer league when he played less than three games because of hamstring soreness in the same leg.
He has been able to work out individually with the team's athletic trainer but doesn't appear close to returning.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 16
J. Michael of CSN Washington has the latest on Porter's status:
"I'm just trying to get in with my trainers, find some way to heal it so I can get out there," Porter said of his right hip flexor strain to CSN Washington on Tuesday, before the Wizards faced the Miami Heat at Verizon Center.
Porter, a 6-8 small forward, has yet to practice with his team since training camp started Sept. 28. Then, there was no timetable for his return.
Almost three weeks later, that still hasn't changed.
"Right now, no," Porter said when asked if he had an idea when he could play again.
Porter played fewer than three games at Las Vegas summer league because of what the team called right thigh "tightness."
While Porter's scary fall is enough to stop hearts from beating inside the Wizards front office, the good news is that the No. 3 overall pick doesn't appear to be seriously banged up, according to the player himself via CBS Sports NBA writer Matt Moore: “It occurred recently, you know, just playing. Something just twist[ed]. But nothing major, though. I'm going to take it day by day, see how it feels.”
Unsurprisingly, head coach Randy Wittman will be patient with the rookie moving forward and plans to let Porter take his time recovering from the injury, per Moore:
The injury has been bothering him for a couple of weeks and he's got to get himself well. He's missing a lot of valuable time out here, in terms of what he's been limited to. So I mean, we've got to be smart with it. We need to get him healthy as soon as we can.
Although Porter has yet to log a single minute in an NBA game, it's no secret that the Wizards will need him to be 100 percent come the start of the regular season this fall.
Washington finished 12th in the Eastern Conference standings last season and hasn't made the playoffs since 2008. The Wizards haven't won more than 29 games in either of the past five seasons, and they are relying on the former Georgetown star to provide them with tenacious defense and scoring on the wing.
The 20-year-old played two seasons with the Hoyas before declaring for the 2013 NBA draft, averaging 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 2012-13 on his way to being named Big East Player of the Year.
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