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Cryptic Porter post leaves more questions unanswered

November 27, 2017 GMT

ORLANDO, FLA. • The plot thickens with Michael Porter Jr. Five days after undergoing back surgery, Missouri’s freshman basketball player posted a cryptic message on Instagram that alleged Missouri was dishonest about his recovery time.

On a photo that appears to be taken in his family’s living room, Porter wrote Sunday, “Just letting y’all know whoever said it was gonna take 3-4 months to recover lied”

Porter was unavailable for comment and hasn’t spoken to reporters since Missouri’s Oct. 22 exhibition game against Kansas. Porter later deleted the post.

It’s unclear if Porter is indicating he’ll be recovered sooner than three to four months or longer. Either way, he surely worked Mizzou fans into a lather.

After Porter didn’t play in Mizzou’s games against Wagner, Utah and Emporia State and missed all but the first two minutes of the team’s first game against Iowa State on Nov. 10, the team released a statement last Tuesday: “Michael Porter Jr. will undergo surgery on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Dallas, Texas. The procedure, a microdiscectomy of the L3 and L4 spinal discs, has a projected recovery time of three-four months and will likely cause him to miss the remainder of the season. Michael is expected to make a complete recovery, and the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program wishes Michael the best during this process.”

Rather than continue the rehabilitation process under the watch of Mizzou’s medical and training staffs, Porter sought a second opinion from Dallas spinal surgeon Andrew Dossett, who preformed the surgery on Tuesday. It’s unclear if Porter will continue treatment in Columbia or Texas or if he’ll rejoin the team at any point this season.

Meanwhile, Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin has a team to coach in Sunday night’s championship game in the Advocare Invitational. The Tigers (5-1) tip off against West Virginia (5-1) at 8:30 p.m. Central on ESPN2.

While Porter’s decision to undergo surgery put a damper on his highly anticipated freshman season, Martin was relieved to be free of the daily speculation over Porter’s condition. Martin also believed Mizzou’s other players were sharper and refocused after Tuesday’s announcement that Porter will likely miss the rest of the season.

“That’s your teammate. That’s your brother,” Martin said after Friday’s win over St. John’s. “For some guys (Jontay), literally your brother. When you don’t know his future that’s hard. Some of these guys came to play with Mike.”