Bulls’ Bobby Portis thinks he’s officiated differently
Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis is not one to keep his feelings to himself. While accusing reigning back-to-back Finals MVP Kevin Durant of intentionally trying to hurt him when the Bulls faced the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Portis also took a jab at officiating in general.
In his mind, Portis believes that referees have a certain bias against him due to his reputation:
“I have that negative put on me like I’m a bad guy,’’ Portis said, via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Obviously, everything is officiated differently towards me. You don’t care about that but it’s just what I made it cause of that incident last year. Everybody thinks I’m this bad guy when really I’m a really good dude. Image is everything, and I guess that’s what my image is.
Portis is obviously referring to the violent incident that went down last summer when he ended up sending ex-teammate Nikola Mirotic to the hospital after punching him in the face following a disagreement during practice.
The 6-foot-11 big man also went on to say that his competitiveness and intensity during games have worked against him:
“I expected it,” Portis added. “I always play with an edge, play hard, kind of make these facial expressions to make it seem like I was mad all the time on the court, so obviously there’s going to be some carryover at one point when I started playing a lot, but it’s something I couldn’t control. It’s just who I am, play hard on the court, bring an edge. I really can’t control the facial features I play with. It just happens. It’s kind of a gift and a curse.’’
These are pretty big claims from Portis, as he has pretty much accused game officials of being prejudiced and singling him out. It will be interesting to see how the NBA reacts to this once they learn about Portis’ bold statement.