The Sacramento Kings are reportedly quite high on Michael Porter Jr, the 6’11” wing from Missouri. This has been rumored around the web for a while now, and was specifically stated by James Ham on the latest Kings Insider Podcast. It’s easy to understand why. He’s not without flaws, but his upside is supremely enticing. But it all hinges on Porter’s back. After suffering an injury that quickly ended his collegiate season and undergoing surgery to correct the issue, the Kings need absolute assurance that his back is in top condition. But now a report from Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post Dispatch suggests that Porter is taking a less conventional approach to his medical records.
In the KMOX interview, Porter Sr. said his oldest son has not yet released his medical information to NBA teams but underwent a physical by the Chicago Bulls medical team last Thursday. He’ll host a pro day this Friday in Chicago that’s open to any team that’s interested in watching him work out. The following week the teams drafting in the top 10 will have another day to see him up close and inspect his surgically repaired back. The Porters will share the Bulls’ medical report with every other NBA team, Porter Sr. said. The Bulls have the seventh overall pick.
There are a few concerns here to address. First, the pro day approach suggests that Porter is unlikely to come to Sacramento for a workout. This is becoming more common with top prospects in the NBA, as agents want their clients demonstrating a pre-planned workout to highlight a player’s strengths. It sucks, but it’s the state of the NBA at present.
It’s also worth noting that this plan includes teams “inspecting” Porter’s back. What that entails is unclear, but it sounds like it would be something short of a full physical being administered by anyone but the Chicago Bulls medical staff.
Let’s be perfectly clear:
This is unacceptable.
The Kings cannot draft Michael Porter Jr under these circumstances. Doing so would be a fireable offense.
First off, the Bulls medical staff is notoriously terrible. Here’s some samplings if you search Bulls Medical Staff on Twitter.
Smearing players, undermining last head coach, terrible medical staff, tons of nepotism. Of course, this also starts ALL the way at the top— Jason Patt (@Bulls_Jay) April 19, 2016
Mainly that's because the Bulls' medical staff is a tire fire. Harder to go against a good medical team with Mayo clinic involvement.— Young Kurt Rambis (@IllegalScreens) April 20, 2016
The Bulls medical/training staff seems to be the exact opposite of the Suns. This Butler situation is yet another bad look.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) March 9, 2016
The Bulls medical staff on pace to get their own hospital in the next Hostel sequel https://t.co/3PPKM6D1ZC— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) March 7, 2016
Relying on another team’s medical staff is bad, relying on the Bulls medical staff is awful.
Second, failing to release full medical records should tell anyone with half a brain that Porter has something he doesn’t want teams to see. I’m speculating here, obviously I know nothing of his medical file, but if you have nothing to hide you release your medical report, or at least that’s what you do if you want to be the second overall pick in the draft.
We still have two weeks until the draft, but unless Porter makes his full records available the Kings absolute cannot take him.