Michael Porter Jr. Says he ‘Respects’ Damian Lillard’s Criticism

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Sep 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) celebrates after making a three point basket against the LA Clippers during the second half of game five in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After saying his Nuggets should tweak their game plan in a postgame press conference, Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. received some widespread criticism from his NBA peers, namely from Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard.

Porter Jr. responded to Lillard’s criticism after tonight’s Game 5 win over the Clippers. The rookie forward started by clarifying his words, telling reporters, “I stand by what I said, but I didn’t mean it in any type of disrespectful way.”

He addressed Lillard specifically.

“Dame and those guys, I respect all those guys,” said Michael Porter Jr. “So you know especially those superstars in the league talking to a young guy like me, you wanna listen, you don’t wanna have an ego and just think you’re always right. So I just took what those guys said and I listened to it. Everybody has their opinion.”

H/T Malika Andrews

Porter Jr. only scored 7 points tonight but came up big with a clutch 3-pointer in the final minutes. With the situation sorted out amongst the team, he and the Nuggets will look to carry their momentum into game six.

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