When you are a rookie in any professional league, you have to understand your place on the team and where you stand in the pecking order.
When it comes to coaches and the frustrations you may have with the game plan they have set up, your opinion doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, and venting your anger to the media is the last thing you should do.
No one told Michael Porter, Jr. that, however.
The Denver Nuggets rookie forward is learning all of this the hard way.
After the Nuggets' 86-85 loss to the LA Clippers Wednesday night and now facing a 3-1 hole in their playoff series, Porter said his team needs to get more players involved in the offense instead of running everything through Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Porter, who took two shots in the second half after scoring 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first half, seemed to suggest play-calling was to blame.
Porter calling out play-calling and coaching schemes is a big no-no and Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard did not hesitate to voice his disdain for the way the rookie handled himself.
Lillard is a veteran in this league and a team captain. He knows how to handle issues with his coaches and teammates and doing it in public ain't it.
The Nuggets are facing elimination, so the frustrations are clear and present within the team as a whole.
Remember, the Nuggets did come back from a 3-1 deficit against the Utah Jazz in the last round, though.
Comments like this should be a locker conversation only and nothing more than that.
Lillard just had to speak his mind and give the rookie some much needed game on how basketball is a team first sport at the end of the team.
As talented as Porter is, he needs to remember that he's not the center of this Denver Nuggets team.
Expect a scripted apology from Porter in the near future.
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