Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, a former No. 1 overall pick, might be more known for his handles and championship these days, but he was once a top college prospect. However, an injury kept his time at Duke very brief before he jumped to the NBA for the draft. A similar story could happen with Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri. A potential top pick in the draft, Porter Jr. suffered a season-ending injury that will leave many wondering what his status is for the draft. He can still make the jump thanks to his talent and potential, but if you ask Irving that isn't what he's probably thinking about right now. "It's tough for any young kid to go through that especially if they haven't been through any real injury in their lives. I'm not (familiar with) his history but I'm pretty sure that's probably his first one where he had to sit out a whole entire season ... As an 18-year-old kid understanding how talented you are, you just want to play basketball. When it gets taken away from you like that for the betterment of your health at the time, you can't necessarily understand that because literally basketball is all you know. For me, it just gave me time to focus on other things. Focus on my body. Understand what the goal was at hand that I was trying to accomplish. I'm pretty sure the NBA scouts have enough on him to know whether he's gonna be in the top two or three.
Kyrie Irving offers some advice for Michael Porter Jr. after his season-ending injury
CBS Sports | Nov 22