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Bulls teammates react to losing 'glue of the team' in Bobby Portis

Bulls teammates react to losing 'glue of the team' in Bobby Portis

The Bulls made a major splash on Wednesday in acquiring small forward Otto Porter, but in the process they lost an emotional leader in Bobby Portis that his old teammates said will be hard to replace.

Portis declined to speak with reporters prior to leaving the United Center, a warranted reaction considering he found about the deal roughly 30-45 minutes before tipoff.

But his former teammates did plenty of talking about what kind of leader Portis was in the locker room and on the floor.

Zach LaVine is no stranger to teammates being dealt, and he said that his rookie season in Minnesota saw 25 different players rotate through the locker room.

"Bobby’s pretty much the main glue of the team, a big-time voice," he said after the team's 125-120 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. "It sucks. He’s one of my best friends on the team."

Portis is only 23 and in his fourth NBA season but had taken on a distinct leadership role with the Bulls. An emotional force dubbed "Crazy Eyes" early on in his career, Portis' impact was felt each time he stepped on the floor.

"He’s a big sparkplug for us," said Robin Lopez, who spent the majority of his minutes alongside Portis on the second unit. "You love having him out there, not because of the offense or defense he generates but just because of the energy that he generates."

While Portis' time in Chicago will likely be remembered by most for the practice incident with Nikola Mirotic, he was beloved by teammates and had taken younger players such as Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen under his wings.

"I love Bobby. He’s a couple years older than me. I came in as a rookie and he helped me a lot," said Lauri Markkanen.

In return the Bulls grabbed Otto Porter Jr., a two-way threat who at 25 years old could form another piece to the Bulls' rebuilding core. Because the trade had not been made official until late Wednesday night head coach Jim Boylen and players really couldn't discuss Porter, but LaVine did add in a note about what he knows of the former Wizards forward.

"I know hes’ a really good 3 and D player," LaVine said. "It's another dude to bring and come in here and try to get this thing back to where it’s supposed to be. We’re gonna welcome him in with open arms."

 

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'Rodman: For Better or Worse' 30 for 30 will debut on September 10

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'Rodman: For Better or Worse' 30 for 30 will debut on September 10

On Friday ESPN revealed that the next film in their award-winning 30 for 30 series will focus on the life of former Bull and Hall of Fame forward Dennis Rodman. 

The film—which is titled "Rodman: For Better or Worse" will detail Rodman's journey to becoming a Hall of Famer and five-time NBA Champion. The documentary will detail Rodman's difficult upbringing in Dallas, his dominant run at Southeastern Oklahoma State and his development into one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history. 

While Rodman is no doubt one of the greatest talents in NBA history, he is just as famous for his intriguing and oftentimes shocking off the court exploits. Rodman: For Better or Worse will discuss Rodman diving into international diplomacy issues and all of the deeper reasons behind him becoming the interesting character that we know him as today. 

The documentary will feature interviews from former teammates and coaches of Rodman's, including Bill Laimbeer,  John Salley, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, and Phil Jackson. 

Rodman: For Better or Worse will be directed by Todd Kapostasy. 

Kapostasy is a seven-time Emmy Award winner. He wrote and directed 2016 documentary 'Confessions of a Cubs Fan: A Century of Waiting', which focused on the idea that winning isn't everything in sports amid the backdrop of the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series.

“Rodman: For Better or Worse” released on September 10, at 8 p.m. CT

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Coby White becomes first rookie in NBA history to understand his NBA2K rating

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Coby White becomes first rookie in NBA history to understand his NBA2K rating

It's that time of the year when every fan and player loses their mind over arbitray video game ratings that mean nothing.

That is, unless you're Coby White.

The rookie found out his rating for NBA 2K20 in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday and, much to the delight of this author, was pleased with his 76 rating.

"It's solid," White told Ronnie 2K. "Everybody be wanting their grade to be higher than what it is but I haven't played a game in the league yet so I understand why it's a 76. But I feel like after the season it'll be higher."

White said he hopes he can get his rating up to at least an 80 by the end of the season. Bulls fans would be pleased with that development, too.

White also said he was happy with his likeness in the game, which you can check out below.