Michael Porter Jr. had coronavirus, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone confirms – ESPN
Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone confirmed Tuesday night that Michael Porter Jr. is not on the team because he had the coronavirus.
After the Nuggets lost to the Brooklyn Nets in New York [122-116], Malone was asked why his team could not perform fully this season. As he answered, he explained why Porter wasn't on the team.
"Well, it would be nice if we were completely healthy," said Malone. "We were without two starters tonight – no Gary Harris, no Michael Porter. I don't think we were whole year round. JaMychal Green was out early. Michael Porter was out with COVID and Gary was not here for personal reasons . I think this is one thing that will help us. "
The 22-year-old Porter has missed the last seven games on the league's health and safety protocol. Most recently, he played in Sacramento on December 29, where he had 30 points and 10 rebounds from a loss of Nuggets.
The starting shot went into a seven-day log quarantine on December 31, due to the contact tracing. He was expected to return against Dallas on January 7th before being disfellowshipped on health and safety protocol.