TheDenver Nuggetsare a team whose players have had to overcome serious situations before and even during their NBA careers.
Michael Porter Jr. is one of them, as he was bothered by back issues during his first years in the league.
The young guard knew how to deal with those situations and is now healthy and ready to help his team win its first NBA championship ever.
Talking about his journey back to the league, which included three back surgeries in five years, MPJ explained that his biggest goal for the rest of his career is staying healthy.
For a lot of guys, that s career-ending, one of those surgeries, Porter said. This is after two of them.
All the extra work that most guys have to put in, which is a lot, I m having to do three times that much just to be able to play, he added. Basically, my whole life revolves around just trying to be able to stay healthy.
MPJ had three back surgeries over the span of five years to get back on the court.
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Porter is one of the players who didn t have an easy path to the league, like Nikola Jokic and his terrible pre-draft report.
Jamal Murray also had to deal with injuries that made people doubt his ability on the court. Jeff Green had heart issues too, and so on.
The Nuggets are a team with a couple of underdogs on the roster, and they re showing what they are capable of when healthy.
Now, they re three games away from the NBA championship after taking Game 1 at Ball Arena against the Miami Heat.
Michael Porter Jr. has been a key piece in Michael Malone s rotation, averaging 14.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16 games.
Denver is playing great basketball, with players who aren t afraid of making big plays and helping each other.
MPJ is one of them, and knowing how much he had to fight to reach this point, a title would be the ultimate reward for him.