Michael Porter on Bol Bol’s time with Denver: ‘We all felt for him’

Michael Porter Jr. on Bol Bol: “We all knew that he was a very talented player. I just feel like, man, some situations can really make or break careers. Being over here and being behind some guys, not being in the rotation, we all felt for him…”
Sources: Twitter @HarrisonWind

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn

Jamal got got by Dame on a three-pointer, then on the next possession, Jamal blocked a three by Dame, leading to an And-1 for MPJ.
Interesting. – 9:23 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn

I think so many of MPJ’s plays where he gets hit with a foul, misses a pass or rotation, etc., he’s about 95% there on all of it.
That extra 5% is going to come during his prime and he will be an absolute monster. – 9:20 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBlessed

Regular starters for the Nuggets tonight vs. Portland – Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic. – 8:31 PM

Michael Singer @msinger

After Michael Malone complimented MPJ about playing within himself, Porter said this morning how he’s “perfectly fine” with his role within the #Nuggets. Furthermore, he knows there needs to be sacrifice if they’re going to win on the level they intend to.
denverpost.com/2023/01/17/mic…5:46 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Michael Porter Jr. on Bol Bol: “We all knew that he was a very talented player. I just feel like, man, some situations can really make or break careers. Being over here and being behind some guys, not being in the rotation, we all felt for him…” pic.twitter.com/fnnQPoxXji1:53 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Michael Porter Jr. on Bol Bol: “We all knew that he was a very talented player. I just feel like, man, some situations can really make or break careers. Being here and being behind some guys, not being in the rotation, we all felt for him…” pic.twitter.com/cbAxsyo5Q11:48 PM

Duvalier Johnson @Duvalier Johnson

Michael Porter Jr. Is probably still sitting wide open in that corner.
Nuggets were going to win regardless of what decision Jokic made. He just decided to call game. – 3:55 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs

MPJ just had his 100th start. 1.22 seasons of starts, and he’s turned from spot-up shooter and surprising rebounder into a much more fully-formed player despite the injuries. He’s still so young in his career – so many great things to come as long as long as he has his health. – 11:49 AM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype

Nikola Jokic on the message he conveyed to Bol Bol after the game: “If you dunk one more time on me, I’m gonna F him.”
💀 pic.twitter.com/EETSnohlF88:03 AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com

Nikola Jokic doesn’t appreciate Bol Bol dunking on him 🤣
🎥 @Denver Nuggets pic.twitter.com/XkABA8GhzU2:49 AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com

Bol Bol forced Nikola Jokic to catch his balance 😳
🎥 @NBATV pic.twitter.com/AYOqzKJpVN1:44 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Michael Malone on Bol Bol: “I’m so proud of him. You can make a case that Bol Bol should be in the Most Improved Player conversation.”
“When I watch them play, I root for Bol.” – 10:49 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Long hug and embrace between Michael Malone and Bol Bol just now near mid-court. – 10:34 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Long huge and embrace between Michael Malone and Bol Bol just now near mid-court. – 10:33 PM

NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA

Bol Bol blows by Jokic for the slam 💨 pic.twitter.com/Bhv1A8mtZR10:26 PM

Michael Singer @msinger

Bol Bol’s revenge. – 10:09 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Gary Harris drills 3 in Michael Porter Jr.’s eye, and Michael Malone signals for Christian Braun to check in. – 9:42 PM

Duvalier Johnson @Duvalier Johnson

Nuggets lead the Magic at half 69-54.
Gordon is leading all scorers with 15 points.
MPJ added 13 with 4 3-pointers and Jokic has a statline of 10/9/7 and is well on his way to a triple-double.
If you’re Malone, what’s your message to the team? – 9:15 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn

Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they lead 69-54:
-Joker: 10-7-9 on 5/6 FG (lost perfect game on shot to beat buzzer)
-AG: 15 points on 5/6 FG, 2/2 from 3
-MPJ: 14 points on 8 shots, 4/5 from 3
-Zeke also had a good half pic.twitter.com/rULojCd8Ax9:15 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs

Michael Porter Jr: I don’t really get bothered on my shot by anybody’s length.
Bol Bol: bet
MPJ: pic.twitter.com/QrFSkP6Cw39:03 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn

MPJ just made his third three-pointer, and not even Bol Bol could block the stepback. – 9:00 PM

Michael Singer @msinger

MPJ low man alert. His rotation just forced that turnover. That’s what Malone’s talking about when he’s complimenting him for being more engaged defensively. – 8:57 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares

MPJ is a good offensive rebounder off of free throws. Light on his feet and long. – 8:56 PM

Khobi Price @khobi_price

Bol Bol subs in for Jalen Suggs before the 2Q, so Magic rolling with a 10-man rotation of:
Markelle, Gary, Franz, Paolo and Wendell; Jalen, Cole, Terrence, Moe and Bol. – 8:42 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWide Wob

no tribute video for Bol Bol in Denver? – 8:11 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind

Nuggets starters vs. magic:
Jamal Murray
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Michael Porter Jr.
Aaron Gordon
Nikola Jokic – 7:31 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn

Tonight, Bol Bol is going to try and crossover Nikola Jokić into the sun. – 2:41 PM

More on this storyline

Porter said he’s intentionally attacked his defensive closeouts, aware that the defenders are charging hard at him. In another sign of growth, he said he’s doing whatever he can to impact the game positively. That could include setting a down-screen that frees up another shooter. It might mean cutting hard to draw attention, opening up an open shot for a teammate. Those moments show up on film even if they don’t resonate in the box score. Porter’s bought into the idea that he can help the team in myriad ways. In taking a much more holistic approach to his game, Porter said he’s watched how long defenders like Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo defended the perimeter and tried to imitate their spacing. -Street Denver Post /January 17, 2023

As Porter recovers from his lingering heel injury, he admitted that his nerve injury, which prompted last season’s back surgery, is improving, too. The athleticism he has now, he said, isn’t close to where he’ll be by the season’s end. -Street Denver Post /January 17, 2023

Harrison Wind: Michael Porter Jr. today, talking about getting his athleticism back: “My foot’s getting better and I just think my nerve is healing from my back surgery… I don’t feel like I’m anywhere near where I’ll be towards the end of the season, but I feel like I’m in a good place.” -Street Twitter @HarrisonWind /January 17, 2023

Before the game tipped, Bol stood in a back hallway of Ball Arena and admitted his effort wasn’t always where it needed to be with the Nuggets. “Yeah, I can say there was a little bit, I feel I could’ve worked a lot harder,” he said. “That was just me being young. That’s one of the things I learned, you have to work hard or (stuff’s) not gonna work out for you.” -Street Denver Post /January 17, 2023

Mike Singer: Nikola said he told Bol after the game: “If you dunk one more time on me, I’m gonna F him (up).” -Street Twitter @msinger /January 16, 2023

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