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Wizards draft pick Otto Porter Jr. wore No. 22 in high school and college to honor his mother, who wore that number when she played. But Porter has said that he’d like to honor his father in the pros by wearing No. 35.

A few minutes after his son was drafted, Porter Sr. was asked how it would feel to see his son wear his number.

“I tried in high school to get him to wear it,” said Porter Sr., who wore that number for Scott County (Mo.) Central High School where both father and son attended. “It’s retired, but they could have brought it out of retirement. It’s a feeling that you can’t hardly describe, but inside it’s good to know that he’ll be wearing my jersey. And of course I’ve got a younger son that may follow in his footsteps, so we’ll have to wait in see.”

It’s a nice sentiment, but everyone last night seemed to be overlooking the fact that Trevor Booker currently wears No. 35 for the Wizards. The comments didn’t get past Booker, who took to Twitter to let us all know that he doesn’t find any of this cute.




Porter Jr. talked to Comcast SportsNet a bit later and mentioned himself that he’d like No. 35.

“It means a lot. He’s the person that taught me this game, and I will honor him with his number,” he said, before admitting that he know’s it’s spoken for. “I kinda knew somebody already had that number, so if that number is taken I’ll probably go with my mom’s number, the same number that I used at Georgetown.”

Maybe these two can make a deal for a number exchange. Or, Porter Sr. will have to wait for son No. 2 for his jersey tribute.