After being sidelined for the entire Washington Wizards training camp this past week, both Trevor Booker and rookie Otto Porter will not play in their preseason opener against the Brooklyn Nets this Tuesday.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Porter (right hip flexor) hasn’t practiced since training camp began last week. While he has done exercises and put up shots, he hasn’t engaged in contact.
“He can’t play on Tuesday,” Wittman told CSN Washington after Sunday’s practice. “He hasn’t done anything since Sept. 14.”
As CSN’s J.Michael pointed out, Otto Porter also suffered a right hamstring injury which kept him out of the majority of summer league action, and the hip flexor which he suffered during voluntary workouts in September will likely keep him out of the majority of the preseason. As a rookie, Porter won’t have many chances to establish himself, since the coaching staff was supposed to pay particularly close attention to him prior to the regular season. Now that he’s missing a large portion of valuable time, Porter will have to be kept up to speed by the coaching staff so he doesn’t fall too far behind. Luckily for Washington, Otto Porter wasn’t expected to make a dramatic impact since both Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza are capable of starting at small forward. As far as I know, his injury is still listed as “day to day”, even though he’s been out since September 14th. It isn’t a reason to push the panic button, but it is a reason to be concerned.
Trevor Booker had a knee procedure done over a month ago, but unlike Porter, he has been able to progress in practice. He isn’t expected to play on Tuesday.