Following Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Porter Jr. took to Instagram with two photos, one of himself being guarded by LeBron James and another showing the two embracing after the game. The caption: “Learn & keep getting better!”
In response, James commented on the photo “Every single day do JUST THAT!! Don’t settle for nothing less than greatness for yourself.”
Yesterday’s game was the first time Porter has ever suited up against James. In the three prior meetings against the Lakers this season, Porter didn’t play in two of them and James didn’t play in the other. Porter was a perfect 6-6 from the field last night for 15 points and grabbed four rebounds along the way, another impressive performance for the rookie who has taken the NBA by storm in the bubble. As a starter for the Nuggets while Will Barton and Gary Harris remain sidelined, he’s averaging 23.8 points per game and 9.1 rebounds and shooting 46.3% from three.
For Porter, who has grown up in the era of King James, this had to have been a surreal moment which was made even more special by the words of support from one of the greatest to ever play the game.
If what we’ve seen so far is any indication, this is just the beginning of the greatness of Michael Porter Jr. for the Nuggets.