Bobby Portis Still Waiting but Ready for Opportunity with Chicago Bulls

December 17th, 2015 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — There wasn’t much to take away from Monday’s blowout win by the Chicago Bulls against the dismal Philadelphia 76ers, but for Bobby Portis, it was a night he would never forget.

As the Bulls pulled away in the second half, the chants started, first in the upper bowl before spreading throughout the entire United Center crowd: “BOBBY PORTIS.” There were even a few signs calling for more minutes for Portis, the No. 22 overall pick in this year’s draft.

Finally, midway through the fourth quarter, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg emptied his bench and Portis entered to a rousing ovation. It wasn’t his NBA debut—he’d played similar garbage-time minutes in two previous games this season—but it was his first game in front of the home fans, and he noticed the response.

"That was crazy," Portis said afterward. "I really cherish that. It was a very overwhelming moment."

After that, things went back to normal for Portis, who didn’t play in Wednesday’s 98-85 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Minutes have been few and far between, as he and e ...

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