Otto Porter is by nature a quiet guy, someone who likes to lead by example. His personality runs parallel to his basketball game. He sets his ego aside, playing off of John Wall and Bradley Beal as a complementary piece willing to do whatever little things it takes on a given night to help the Wizards win.
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks loves Porter's game, but wants to see the 24-year-old come out of his shell a bit. After establishing himself as a legitimate No. 3 option and one of the best three-point shooters in basketball, Brooks hopes Porter can take on a larger leadership role.
"Coach came to me and said he wants me to be a lot more vocal," Porter said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "Defensively… and just all-around, I have to make sure I have a great presence on and off the court. That has started with training camp."
Porter feels he can follow those instructions from Brooks, despite the fact he is used to being reserved and introverted.
"I can be. I've always been kind of quiet and not vocal. Things are starting to change," he said.
Porter is used to expressing himself on the basketball court. Off the court he is passionate about music and cars. Porter said during the summer he often travels to Memphis from his home in Missouri to listen to soul and jazz music. Porter has been playing drums since he was a kid and recently was gifted a custom bass guitar from his uncle, who is a skilled carpenter. He hopes to emulate the style of B.B. King as he learns the instrument.
"I've got a good ear for things," he said.
This summer he was able to hang out with the rapper J. Cole, who often addresses social issues in his lyrics. The two didn't just talk music.
"We have a lot of good mutual friends. I was able to meet up with J. Cole. That's my favorite artist, by the way. It was amazing to get the chance to meet him and talk to him a little bit about life and what's going on in America. He's very smart and intelligent," Porter said.
For more on Porter's summer hanging with celebrities, working on his three-pointer and refurbishing old cars, check out the Wizards Tipoff podcast:
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