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Michael Porter Jr. could be back by the Kentucky game

When Michael Porter Jr. injured his back in November, most assumed he would sit the season out to avoid reinjury ahead of this summer’s NBA Draft. Now, it appears the Missouri star may return this season after all. Today, Porter told reporters that he wants to play this year — before the postseason — and will meet with the doctors next week to see if he’s cleared to return to the court.

“My rehab therapist thinks that I’m good to go with practice except for the contact part. I’m hoping that the doctor clears me for everything, contact included. That’s what I would love to hear. But it’s not up to me. It’s to me to work hard, but it’s up to the doctors to tell me I’m ready to go.”

So, a potential top five draft pick would risk millions for a handful of games? What is this madness?? As someone who was charmed by Porter at SEC Basketball Media Day, I genuinely believe this next quote.

“I’m just a kid who loves to play basketball. I’m not thinking about the risk. If I could play today, I would play today. I’m not worried about reinjury. I’m not really worried about the risk.”

When would that return happen? (Wait for it…)

“If it were up to me, I would love to get a couple games under my belt before hopping into tournament play,” he said. “If I’m ready to go, then I’m ready to go.”

So, looking at the calendar, if he’s cleared to return to practice next week, that would mean he could make his return as soon as…February 24 when the Tigers travel to Kentucky.

Brace yourselves.


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14 responses to “Michael Porter Jr. could be back by the Kentucky game”

  1. christopher81

    No one cares

  2. Kat4Life

    F&ck Porter.

  3. KYcats11


  4. az1006

    I honestly couldn’t care less. If he returns, great…I’m supposed to believe he’ll be an all-world, gamechanger in his first collegiate game of his career after months of rehabbing an injury?

  5. KYjellyRoll

    Hope his first game is at rupp and he plays 40 minutes getting harassed by J vando

  6. Bull Filmer

    Michael Porter Jr. is a good ball player. Talk about a tweak. Mizzou could do some damage with him back in the lineup.

  7. BigBlueNationDude

    2-5 just went to 1-6 finish

    1. Eazy

      I’d say 3-4 at worst. We need to win at least 2 just to make the tournament. We are still 18th in the RPI and everybody is losing so it’s not all bad like most people think.

  8. Blue Jesus

    I hope they get into the tournament as a low seed… and knock Duke off in the second round with Porter dropping 45. Ha!

  9. Luether

    Porter’s attitude about returning to play is a refreshing change from what we saw from our Jarred Vanderbilt…

    1. runningunnin.454

      So you’re on the medical staff for UK and Mizzou? Awesome.

  10. Duuuuuude

    I hope he plays us! It would be great to see a great player in action. I Hope we beat him, but would love to watch him.

    1. Eazy

      Him playing would actually benefit UK imo.

  11. Azulgrande75

    If he take that risk by playing he’s a fool. First time he drives to the basket pull a Bill Laimbeer on him and see if he can absorb a hard foul. Check his exhuberance after that!