The Latest on NBA media day from around the league on Monday (all times Eastern):
Doc Rivers says he's always been political, he just doesn't talk about it much.
But the Los Angeles Clippers coach is urging his players who are eligible to vote in next month's midterm elections to do so, saying, "It's more important now than ever."
Rivers says, "We have to go vote. We have to go register. Black men have to go vote. We have to do better, so I talk to my players about it."
DENVER (AP) — Denver Nuggets rookie forward Michael Porter Jr. has undergone back surgery in Dallas and there is no timetable for his return to the court.
The team said Thursday the procedure of the lumbar spine was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett at the Carrell Clinic.
Porter was taken by Denver with the 14th overall pick in the June draft. He was considered a top-five selection before a back injury that required surgery limited him to three games at Missouri in 2017-18.
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a multiyear deal with rookie forward Michael Porter Jr.
Porter was taken by the Nuggets with the 14th overall pick in the draft last month. He was considered a top-five selection before a back injury that required surgery limited him to three games at Missouri in 2017-18.
The 6-foot-10 Porter was hampered by back and hip soreness during pre-draft workouts. He recently said he's ready to go.
DENVER (AP) — Michael Porter Jr. played only three college games but said he is ready for the grind of an NBA season.
His back may not let him make good on that promise, but the Denver Nuggets' newest young player said he's ready to go after being selected 14th overall in the NBA draft Thursday night.
"I have no reason to not believe that," he said. "I feel good."
Marvin Bagley III dominated at Duke, while fellow freshman Michael Porter Jr. barely saw action at Missouri due to injury. Yet they'll likely be the first forwards to hear their names called during Thursday's draft.
Bagley is a possible No. 1 overall pick and double-double machine with a long frame. But many considered Porter to be the top NBA prospect in last year's class as he works to prove he's past the back injury that required surgery and limited his college career to just three games.
Someone is going to gamble on Michael Porter Jr.
He insists it'll pay off.
There is an element of danger involved with every NBA draft pick, in that nothing is guaranteed. There isn't a player that epitomizes the risk versus reward thinking in this draft more than Porter Jr., who could get taken as high as No. 2 by Sacramento or go several picks lower because of uncertainty surrounding his health.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri forward Jontay Porter has withdrawn his name from NBA draft and will return for his sophomore season.
The school announced Porter's decision on Wednesday, the final day the 6-foot-11 forward could remove his name from the draft and return to the Tigers for next season. Porter followed the lead of his brother, Michael Porter Jr., in declaring for the draft last month, but he didn't hire an agent.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri freshman forward Jontay Porter is following brother Michael Jr. into the NBA draft.
Porter said Thursday that he will enter the draft without hiring an agent, allowing him to pull out of the draft and retain eligibility.
"I have loved everything about my experience on and off the court as a member of the Mizzou family but have always dreamed of playing in the NBA," Porter said.
The 6-foot-11 forward averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. says he is declaring for the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-10 forward made the announcement on Instagram on Monday "after talking it over with my coaches and my family."
Missouri was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Florida State in the opening round. The freshman scored 16 points in 28 minutes as a reserve, just his third appearance of the season due to a back injury.
The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):
The Florida State Seminoles might not have a flashy scorer. They do have plenty of Seminoles who can score.
Ninth-seeded Florida State beat No. 8 seed Missouri 67-54 Friday night in the West Region. A total of 10 different Seminoles scored at least two points —by halftime— as they wore out a Missouri team with only eight players available for this game.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. is one of the biggest unknowns in the NCAA Tournament.
Not that he minds at all.
"People can kind of say what they want," Porter said Thursday. "I'm pretty good at taking what people say and putting it aside and focusing on what's important for me."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 9 seed Florida State (20-11) vs. No. 8 seed Missouri (20-12)
South Region; Nashville, Tennessee, Friday, 9:50 p.m. ET
ST. LOUIS (AP) — With the Southeastern Conference tournament in St. Louis and heralded freshman Michael Porter Jr. returning, Missouri fans were hoping to be treated to a weekend-long show from the Tigers.
Yante Maten and the Georgia Bulldogs did their best job to prevent that from happening.
Maten scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Georgia squeaked out a 62-60 victory over Missouri in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri standout Michael Porter Jr. will return from back surgery to play in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday, marking his first time in a game since the season opener.
Coach Cuonzo Martin announced the change in Porter's status on Wednesday, a day before the fifth-seeded Tigers (20-11) open against either Georgia or Vanderbilt in the second round.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin says freshman Michael Porter Jr. will return to practice on Friday, three months after back surgery.
The top prep prospect in the country last season played just two minutes in Missouri's opener in November. Martin says there's no timetable for his return to play. The Tigers face Kentucky on Saturday.
"Just one day at a time," Martin said. "The most important thing is his well-being, his health and making sure he's ready to go."
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. is hopeful he'll be cleared to return to practice from lower back surgery next week, providing a boost for a Tigers team aiming to reach the NCAA Tournament.
The 6-foot-10 Porter, the top prep prospect in the country last season, played in only two minutes of the Tigers' season-opening win over Iowa State before missing the rest of the season following surgery in November.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri point guard Blake Harris has announced he plans to transfer and continue his college career elsewhere.
The 6-foot-3 freshman was averaging 3.8 points and a team-high 3.1 assists in 13.9 minutes per game for Missouri (11-3). He set career highs with 11 points and nine assists in a win over Long Beach State on Nov. 23.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Michael Porter Jr. insisted before the season that he was not necessarily a one-and-done player who would leave next year for the riches of the NBA.
The standout Missouri freshman will have plenty of downtime to consider his future after the school announced Tuesday that he would miss the rest of the season following lower back surgery. The procedure, called a microdiscetomy, was scheduled in Dallas and the expected recovery time is three to four months.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A complete offseason makeover raised the expectations exponentially for the Missouri basketball team. But a mysterious injury to star freshman Michael Porter Jr. and a few atrocious shooting nights have tempered the excitement for the Tigers, who needed to hang on in the last minute to beat Division II Emporia State 67-62 on Monday.