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Bobby Portis embracing 6th man role, looking to improve his 3-point shot

Bobby Portis, Bulls

Bulls forward Bobby Portis has come to embrace his role as Chicago’s sixth man, embracing his inner Taj Gibson to make his damage on the floor once his name is called.

“I like the role,” said Bobby Portis, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. “I get to come off the bench and score a lot. Who doesn’t like to score the ball? That’s a fun gig.”

Always the opportunist, Portis took on this summer with a new challenge in mind — his 3-point shot — hoping to raise his 35.9 percentile from last season into a sharper one.

Portis took on the role of sixth man after the infamous altercation with Nikola Mirotic that left the latter in the shelf, giving Portis the opportunity for major minutes as Mirotic missed time with a broken nose.

The two recently bumped into each other on Sunday, and Portis didn’t have much other than standard pleasantries to share with his former teammate, now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

“We’re two competitors, two guys who love the game of basketball. He had a good playoffs, good year at the end of the year,” said Bobby Portis. “I was happy for him and what he did. It will be fun to compete against him.”

Portis will look to evolve from being a motor presence off the bench to a sharp-shooting spark plug, now boasting plenty of competition at the power forward spot with Lauri Markkanen and rookie Wendell Carter Jr. This is a good problem for the Bulls to have.