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Bulls coach Jim Boylen praises Bobby Portis’ mental toughness

Bobby Portis

After Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen had nothing but positivity to mention about his power forward Bobby Portis.

Boylen told the team’s official website:

“The thing about Bobby is he takes ownership of his play, good or bad. He’s had the knee, ankle and elbow injury all in the same season and says a lot about his mental toughness.”

The Chicago Bulls have been in limbo all season long. After firing head coach Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls front office promoted Boylen to be the head coach. And not just interim. He’s under contract through 2020, and management has planned to keep him under contract through then.

The team’s offense has turned into a halfcourt mess. Boylen prefers to have his players not run in the fastbreak. He likes to use antiquated offensive sets, and lets the team rely on Robin Lopez in the post. The spacing is cramped, and it isn’t helping the Bulls young players develop.

Bobby Portis has been stuck playing behind the trio of Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Robin Lopez.

Even as the sixth man coming off the bench, he’s only averaging 23.6 minutes per game. Averaging 12.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Portis is a free agent this upcoming season and will likely get a longterm contract and play elsewhere. He deserves a shot at a starting position.

The Bulls are now 12-40 on the season and sit in the 13th seed of the NBA Eastern Conference.

They will face off next against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.