Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr.: ‘I’m So Thankful’
Otto Porter Jr.’s first job was doing janitorial work at his high school to collect some pocket money and gain nonstop access to the gym. The long-term payoff already has proved immeasurable. Porter was selected third overall by the Washington Wizards in June’s NBA draft, and he will return to Sikeston, Mo., on Friday to have the court he once swept and mopped renamed after him.
The honor is a reflection of Porter’s dramatic rise to fame as he adjusts to his second paying job in basketball, one that carries much more responsibility and potential pitfalls.
“I’m so thankful for the position that I’m in,” Porter said in a recent telephone interview. “There are a lot of guys who would love to be in my position, so just to see how far I’ve come in two or three years, coming from a small area to now I’m here in the NBA and it’s all happened so fast, it’s amazing.”