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Basketball in their blood: Terry Porter's son stars at Jesuit

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Blazer great Terry Porter spent 10 of his 17 NBA seasons in Rip City, a place he still calls home. And it's a place his youngest son, Malcolm, stars as one of the top high school basketball players in the state. 

Jesuit High School senior Malcolm Porter was about 4 years old when his father, Terry Porter, retired from the NBA in 2002. 

"I am so blessed just to be able to have my dad play in the NBA and the lifestyle really, and I am just humbled to be in that spot, really," said Malcolm. 

The humble kid is also his own man. 

"I just be my own self, really," he said. "My dad didn't really force basketball on me or anything like that, so I just really do my own thing and just create my own, personally, and just try to be myself."

In his post-playing days, Terry tried to find his new self: ditching the shorts for suits, working assistant coaching jobs in Sacramento, Detroit and Minnesota, plus head gigs in Milwaukee and Phoenix, causing him to be away from his family in Portland.

"It's always tough … obviously, being a dad with a son that plays a sport that you obviously made a living in and not being able to be around him," said Terry. 

Malcolm added, "It was hard because he was never here. I had to mature quick. It was just me and my mom so it was tough."

Returning to Oregon for the holidays just wasn't enough, so by Terry's third season on Rick Adelman's staff with the Timberwolves, Malcolm and mom Susie moved to the Twin Cities.

Those challenging years make these last two something to really cherish for both father and son.

"It's so nice for him to be able to come to every game and just watch me play, whether I am wrong or right, it's just nice really," said Malcolm. 

His father added, "It has been great these last two years to really spend a lot time with him to watch how dedicated he is about being the best player he can be." 

And what a return back to Sader Nation. Malcolm was the 2015 metro league co-player of the year and a first team all-state selection. 

"I know my ability to play basketball and I trust it so when I came back, I just knew that I had goals and I got them," Malcolm said. 

The one goal unattained? A state title. Last winter, Jesuit fell short in its quest to the three-time defending champs from West Linn.

"We've been in those shoes before, so we know what to expect, like, what it's about and all of that stuff to try and get back at them this year," said Malcolm. 

As for next year, like most, Malcolm dreams of a Division I basketball scholarship to work towards a business degree. But if his dad, a grad of Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point is any guide, you don't need anything big. 

"Whatever level he gets at, the most important thing I try to share with him is you have got to go there, do the best you can, go to an environment where you can play a lot," said Terry. "Enjoy the experience because it may be your last time playing ball, you just don't know."

As for the game night experience for him, Terry said, "I can't yell as much. I have to keep stats. I do other things to try to not do too much yelling at the refs and involved with the game."

Malcolm is the youngest of three Porter children. His brother Franklin, who spent a year at Jesuit, is a freshman at Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference. In fact, the Gaels lead the WCC.

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