Josh Kroenke: Michael Porter Jr. selection ‘no brainer’ for Nuggets

Jun 16, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets president Josh Kroenke (right) speaks during a press conference at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets landed themselves a premiere player in Michael Porter Jr, whose been considered one of the most talented players in the 2018 draft class, if not the most talented. If not for his back injury, Porter may have been the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.

But certainly the injury is a major note that Denver will need to be careful with. In an interview with Eric Goodman of Mile High Sports AM 1340 | FM 104.7, Nuggets President Josh Kroenke says that they were surprised that Porter was even available for them at No. 14 and thinking of the future, Porter Jr. was a no-brainer.

“Where we were picking and where our roster currently is,” Kroenke continued. “Based on fit and need, currently and in the future, we thought Michael was a no-brainer.”

“We have got a really talented player on our hands,” said Kroenke. ” He is a great kid, he is a hard worker, and I think he has got a pretty size-able chip on his shoulder at this point too.”

Denver is going to be patient in how they handle Porter, it’s unknown what timeline Porter Jr. could be on, but certainly, the long term view is going to be pursued.

“We are ok with Michael Porter for the long term,” Kroenke continued. “Whatever path that is we are going to chose the best thing for him and our organization long term. Whatever is best for him long term is going to be whatever is best for our organization.”

Back injuries can be scary and the Nuggets are going to make sure he checks every box medically before they let him hit the court.

“We are going to sit down with our coaching staff, sit down with our training staff and genuinely figure out what the best path is if that is playing next week or next year,” Kroenke continued.

“There is no timetable on it, we are just excited to have him in the building.”

Click here to listen to the full interview with Josh Kroenke, including more about Porter Jr.’s timeline and more.

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