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Otto Porter Seems Like A Pretty Cool Guy

Sep 27, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) poses for a portrait during Wizards media day at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Going into this year, there has been a lot of excitement about the Washington Wizards. Newcomer Otto Porter – the number three overall pick in this summer’s draft – is one of the causes for the excitement. The leader of a very solid Georgetown team last year, Porter has great size for a small forward (6’ 9”) and is very versatile. The hope in Washington is that Porter can contribute right away and be a valuable part of the up and coming squad. (Unfortunately, Porter is currently sidelined with a hip injury that is expected to keep him out of all of the Wizards’ preseason games.)

Well apparently, Porter’s value isn’t limited to the basketball court. According to a letter to the editor in the Washington Post, Porter recently bought a homeless man lunch and then sat to enjoy the meal with the man.

“After about 25 minutes, Otto Porter Jr., the Georgetown basketball star and the Washington Wizards’ newest first-round draft pick, drove up, hopped out of his car and entered the shop. Mr. Porter soon exited with his sandwich and drink — but also with a sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink for the homeless man. Mr. Porter then sat down next to the man, and they both enjoyed their sandwiches while making small talk.”

It’s always great to hear stories like this one. Porter seems like a great guy and looks like he will be a valuable member of the Washington community, as well as the Washington basketball team.

jmaloney