The Washington Wizards used their third overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft on Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr., a player with obvious potential to be a true star on the court. Only after a few months in his new home of D.C., Porter Jr. is now a star in the hearts of people throughout the community, and not just NBA fans.
Just a few days ago, the rookie forward was spotted by a local fan entering a nearby sandwich shop. Just before entering the establishment, he passed a homeless man who was politely but at the same time somewhat obnoxiously asking all passers if they could spare some time to grab him a sandwich from the store. The nearby fan had seen people walk past the homeless man repeatedly, some with shrugs of disgust, for the past thirty or so minutes. The man didn’t address Porter Jr. directly but asked another customer for a sandwich as he entered the store, and as usual the customer continued to walk. A few minutes later, hearts were stunned at the sight before them. The fan who witnessed the entire encounter had this to say about what happened next:
“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.”
That’s right, the 20-year-old famed basketball player took the time out of his day to take a seat and make someone’s day. His actions were extraordinary, so much so that people who have little to no knowledge of the NBA are downright praising him for his actions. What Porter did that day was extraordinary and a testament to the true kindness that people can achieve. I, for one, have gained a tremendous amount of respect for him and look forward to watching him produce in his rookie year.