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Nuggets' Porter Jr. has back surgery, out indefinitely

Michael Malone: "Surgery was a last resort, but it is what it is."
Credit: AP
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) handles the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MIAMI — Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. had back surgery on Wednesday and there is no timetable for his return, the team announced. 

Porter's surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett at the Carrell Clinic. The surgery was "lumbar spine surgery," according to the team. 

"Surgery was a last resort, but it is what it is," Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said earlier this week. "He's been down this road before...We're all wishing and hoping for a speedy recovery, and he'll join us whenever that is."

Porter dealt with a serious back problem in college and it was so severe that some wondered if he would ever be an effective NBA player. He has been limited to nine games this season.

Denver snapped a six-game losing streak on Monday night in Miami and will play the Orlando Magic on Wednesday evening. 

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