The Washington Wizards drafted Otto Porter Jr. in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, but what is it about the guy that makes him a steal anywhere outside of the No. 1 pick. Is it the way he plays the game? No, but that is impressive. It’s the fact he is one of the best human beings out there.
What he did on a typical Friday afternoon a week ago is something that has to be one of those priceless moments that will earn him respect from people who follow basketball and even those who don’t.
A Washington Post reader submitted a letter to the newspaper that he thought was pretty noteworthy. This is the letter, word for word:
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.
While this guy didn’t have to send in a letter proclaiming the rookie’s kindness, he took the time out of his day in the same fashion that Porter Jr. took the time out of his day to sit down with a homeless man, make small talk and eat a sandwich together.
You might be asking why this is a big deal — stuff like this happen all the time, right? Usually acts like this happen when a camera is following the athletes, but Porter Jr. had no idea anyone was even looking.
I think I found my new favorite NBA player.