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Jontay talks his injuries

Posted on: May 16, 2019 at 15:57:44 CT
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“The first was a freak accident,” Porter told The Star of his knee injuries. “The second one was an idiotic mistake.”

In March, Jontay Porter was set for a doctor’s appointment to get cleared for running and jumping, but a snowstorm hit and the visit was rescheduled for the following week. A few days later, the brothers and a friend were at the Nuggets gym late one night. Michael was playing one-on-one with the friend while Jontay watched.

Jontay Porter decided to join in. He considered himself cleared to run and jump because he likely would have been had the snowstorm never canceled his appointment. For a while, the three played a pick-up game lightly. Then it picked up.

“I guess just competitive nature took over,” Porter said. “I wasn’t really thinking about my knee. I kind of went for it.

“I felt invincible.”

Over the next week, Jontay Porter sought two doctors’ opinions on his knee. Both told him the ACL wasn’t torn and attributed the pop to scar tissue. When Porter met with his surgeon, that doctor quickly surmised that the ligament was definitely re-torn.

He said the time immediately after the second tear was the most depressing period of his life. With the Nuggets playoff run starting and his older brother out of their apartment more often, Jontay Porter had the place to himself, giving him more time to think about what he lost with no one to console him. He passed time at a coffee shop, reading and playing on his laptop.

“I’m only going to be out a year,” Porter said. “I have so much time to invest in other things. At the end of the day I can’t be upset about one year being taken away from me.”

Porter said he would have loved to help Mizzou, but he leaned on the advice of his agent, Mark Bartelstein, who told him to stay in the draft. Porter thinks he can make a quicker return to the court if he rehabs his knee with a professional team.

“It’s been an unfortunate series of events for me,” Porter said. “But I think at the end of the day I’ll have a pretty unique story to tell when it’s all said and done.”
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Jontay talks his injuries - FIJItiger MU - 5/16 15:57:44
          He was taking online classes so it shouldn't hurt it.(nm) - tgr MU - 5/16 16:44:49

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