Michael Porter Jr. speaks after Jontay Porter’s ban and Coban Porter’s conviction

Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) steps forward to shoot against Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Michael Porter Jr. said he received individual texts from Nuggets teammates checking up on him after a rough week in his personal life. His brother Coban, 22, was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for killing a woman in a drunk-driving crash last year. And his brother Jontay, 24, was banned for life from the NBA earlier this week after being investigated in a sports betting scandal.

“Each of them texted me individually and told me they had my back. If I need anything, they have me,” Porter said Saturday night after a 114-103 win in Game 1 at Ball Arena. “Yes, a lot of people came. Friends family. So to make these guys understand why I missed practice yesterday and just have my back has been big for me.

Porter’s absence from practice Friday was because he appeared in court that morning for Coban’s sentencing hearing. MPJ addressed the family of the victim, Kathy Limon Rothman, in the courtroom, saying, “I understand the hurt and pain of your family.”

In his return to basketball Saturday, he recorded 19 points and eight rebounds against the Lakers.

“We’re human, so we carry our emotions and the things that happen off the field onto the field,” Porter said. “But I am mentally strong. I’ve been through a lot throughout my career, so it was just another one of those things I had to try to process.

Jontay Porter was on a two-way deal with the Raptors organization on March 20 when he reportedly shared information about his health with an individual he knew was a sports gambler. After another sports bettor subsequently placed an $80,000 parlay bet that Porter would underperform in sports, In the Toronto game that night, Porter played only three minutes and claimed he felt ill. A league investigation also found that Porter placed bets on NBA games, including one bet on the Raptors to lose a game.