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CJ McCollum shouts out Bobby Portis in the latest Pull Up Podcast

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On the latest episode of the Pull Up Podcast, Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum shared his thoughts on the NBA Finals and how the Milwaukee Bucks, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, were able to get the job done against the Phoenix Suns.

McCollum started out his analysis with, “Giannis obviously was spectacular,” as he discussed how dominant the Greek Freak was all night and how efficient he was from the free-throw line (17-19) in the Game 6 series win.

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The Blazers shooting guard noted that the Bucks defense on Devin Booker was a big difference maker as well.

“What probably impressed me most was the defense,” McCollum said. “How well Milwaukee defended. They forced Book into some tough shots.”

But there was one Milwaukee Buck big man that McCollum felt wasn’t getting enough recognition.

 

Bobby Portis was another storyline throughout these playoffs that wasn’t talked about enough.

CJ McCollum

“He hit shot after shot, the crowd loved him. He’s surely a crowd favorite and in the postgame interview he talked about how he was at home for basically 10 months. His team didn’t invite him to the Bubble. So he stayed home and he said he was depressed, he had doubts about himself, he was anxious, he went through a lot of different types of emotions.”

Portis, 26, was drafted 22nd overall in 2015 by the Chicago Bulls. It was at the trade deadline in 2019 when Portis was traded to the Wizards before signing with the Knicks that offseason.

When New York decided to not exercise their team option on him in Nov., Portis got the call from Milwaukee a week later.

And now the rest is history and the 2015 SEC Player of the year out of Arkansas is an NBA Champion. 

In 20 playoff games this year, Portis averaged 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 18.3 minutes of action.

McCollum added that training and working out with his family gave Portis peace and clarity. When the Bucks signed him it clearly worked out very well for both Portis and the team, or as Portis says, he “found happiness” with the Bucks.

Listen to the latest Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum right here.