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Marcin Gortat jokes Otto Porter so small he “might get destroyed”

Dec 5, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

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Otto Porter could make his Washington Wizards debut this weekend. He has been out since before training camp with a hip flexor injury, but the No. 3 pick overall could get some NBA action soon.

And teammate Marcin Gortat is worried about him.

Jokingly. But Porter’s slight frame (6’9, 198 pounds) became a joke, as reported by J. Michael at CSNWashington.com.

“I’m laughing at him right now because his calf is the size of my wrist. He’s got to put on some weight. He might get destroyed out there. He’s so small, seriously.”

Gortat did say good things about Porter.

“We definitely need a guy off the bench who can come in, knock down some shots, give us a spark offensively energy-wise. We need that person. He’s definitely a talent kid. His shot looks really good. He’s made a lot of shots. He’s looking really good. He could be the joker in the coach’s sleeve. He might be the guy that come in here and help us win games off the bat as long as he can stay healthy.

Porter likely will come off the bench — Washington wants to make the playoffs and Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster are covering the three spot well.

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But Porter is the future, along with John Wall and Bradley Beal. It will be good for the Wizards to see him on the court.

  1. jimsjam33 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    If he’s the ” future ” then things aren’t looking too bright in Washington . 198 lbs ? I don’t believe it . Get the scale fixed !

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      It is pretty skinny but remember Durant was around 210 when he was drafted now he’s almost 240 according to the Google.

  2. 24thesho - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Gortat clearly must’ve forgotten about Allen Iverson.

    • apkyletexas - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Reggie Miller was 6’7″, and was listed as playing between 185 and 195 pounds.

      All he did was play for 18 years and end his career as the all-time leader in 3-point shots made (he’s now #2 behind Ray Allen).

      And he fought Michael Jordan and later Kobe Bryant in a couple of memorable on-court dust-ups.

  3. 24thesho - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    And, Kevin Durant.

    • raidmagic - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Durant is 40 pounds heavier….that’s quite a bit and Iverson is 9″ shorter was wasn’t expected to get in there and bang with the big guys. No doubt Porter needs to put on some muscle.

      • obmig - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        Durant was just as thin as Porter when he came in but he plays a different game. Porter should be able to bulk up rapidly over the next 2 years.

  4. ws0001 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    So long as Washington understands that Porter’s lack of size will limit him to second unit status this season, it should not be an issue. He is a smart player who can help their bench and, for a rookie, that will be fine. If in a couple years the team feels compelled to pay Ariza because Porter is still too small to be a starting 3, they will have a problem, but not now.

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