Washington Wizards rookie Otto Porter Jr. has yet to play a regular season game for his new team, but between his Georgetown roots and recent anonymous charitable actions, his local Q rating has to be sky high.
We wouldn’t have known as much were it not for a letter to the editors at the Washington Post from reader Michael Stein, as scoped out by Pro Basketball Talk. It appears that Porter, on a lunch break, recently bought a meal for a homeless man in downtown Washington D.C., and Stein was so moved by the interaction that he felt compelled to write the Post.
On Friday, during a very stressful week for Washington, I looked to escape the madness for 30 minutes on what was a warm fall afternoon. I was reading The Post and eating a quick lunch at a table outside a local sandwich shop while a disheveled homeless man sat nearby, persistently and unsuccessfully asking anyone who walked by if he or she could “spare a sandwich.”
After about 25 minutes, Otto Porter Jr., the Georgetown basketball star and the Washington Wizards’ newest first-round draft pick, drove up, hopped out of his car and entered the shop. Mr. Porter soon exited with his sandwich and drink — but also with a sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink for the homeless man. Mr. Porter then sat down next to the man, and they both enjoyed their sandwiches while making small talk.
For a team still trying to shake off the gun-lovin’ antics of Mssrs. Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, this is a welcome bit of good news. And sound work for Porter, on his rookie contract and with a per diem in hand, mindful enough to do his small part in the community even with the pressures of a rookie’s training camp bearing down on him.
And thanks to Michael Stein, for letting us know that Porter is as good a person as he is player – which is saying something, because this young man is going to be a pretty darn good player.