BOURBONNAIS, Ill. Game-playing is never usually a good thing in a relationship. In the case of the Bears, it is a very good thing.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Jay Cutler have walked into the lunch hall at Olivet Nazarene University together the past two days. (On Thursday Cutler left the mess hall walking behind three offensive linemen, which may have been a subconscious (or maybe very conscious) positioning of security.)
Cutlers and Marshalls rooms in the dorm are next to each other, meaning that when they are not at practice or in meetings, there is time for games that include Scrabble (Marshalls advantage) and another which is Advantage Cutler.
Weve been playing a game called Q I call it Q because I cant pronounce whatever its name is -- and hes 2-0 against me, Marshall said. Hopefully Ill get a win at Scrabble because Im not good at Q right now.
The expectations are that Cutler and Marshall will be the linchpins of an offense beyond what the Bears have fielded in recent memory. It will have to go some to top what is currently the most explosive offense in which Marshall has ever played.
As far as ranking the 2012 Bears offense for explosiveness, Not even close, Marshall said. 1994, my little league team, the Kingsley Knights no, Im being honest I mean, we were scoring at will. It was amazing. Hopefully, if we match some of that production back in 94, then Ill be able to say it, but Ive got to see it work.
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Michael Porter Jr. grabbed some attention when he remarked that he was "perfect fit for today's NBA game" during an appearance on The Will Cain Show.
The interview went a long way towards showing off the uber-confident nature of Porter, who has consistently talked about being the best player in his class throughout the draft process. Porter also remarked that he was "an immediate impact guy," and that he "doesn't want it to take long to be one of the best players in the NBA."
His hubris has been intruiging considering the mystery surrounding the prospect.
During the interview Porter added that he would be open to doing more workouts for NBA front offices ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft. The only workout he has completed so far was his pro day workout in Chicago, and multiple reports have cited that Porter did look good shooting, though he was in an isolated setting with no defenders.
The one thing Porter has not done much throughout the process is talk about his weaknesses, which is somewhat concerning seeing as he has much to improve on. The general consensus is that a healthy Porter can get buckets at will. But if he can improve his ball-handling, rebounding and passing skills, he will be much more than a go-to scorer. Tightening his ball-handling skills is likely the key, as the ability to grab the rebound and push in transition would be a huge boon for Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg's offense.
The biggest question when it comes to Porter on the Bulls is can he fit with Lauri Markkanen? Despite receiving many favorable Kevin Durant and Paul George comparisons leading up to the draft, there is a rising sentiment that his best position in the NBA may be the power forward spot. It is not yet known if he has the foot speed to stay in front of quicker wings in today's NBA. But at six-feet-ten-inches, it is easy to imagine him having a huge advantage against slower power forwards rather than wings. While Markkanen is not currently built to be a full-time center, playing him at the five with Porter at the four would present Hoiberg with a potentially devastating closing lineup.
Versatility is the name of the game in today's league, and Michael Porter Jr. may be the key to unlocking the full potential of Hoiberg's pace-and-space attack.