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Knicks’ Bobby Portis admits it’s ‘hard get away’ from Chicago

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New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis made his way back to Chicago, despite having recently signed with his new team in the summer. The 24-year-old admitted it’s hard to get away, even after he was traded by the Bulls to the Washington Wizards last season, then becoming a free agent in July.

“I always come back [to Chicago] two to three times here in the summer. I’ve been here four or five times this summer. Hard to get away from it,” Portis told We Are Regal Radio. “This is the city I came to when I was 20 years old. I had to make a lot of decisions here. I had to grow up here. This is like my second home and I’ll always visit Chicago.”

Portis admitted he’s still adjusting to being a Knick after spending three-and-a-half seasons in The Windy City before a brief cup of tea with the Wizards in 2018-19.

“[New York] is different but life is all about making adjustments,” Portis said. “I’ve been doing that my whole life making adjustments from team to team. I’m happy with the situation that I’m in. We have a team full of guys that are hard workers and are hungry. I think this is going to be a good season for us this season. “

While it will be a stark transition, Portis is hoping to bring that same high-level motor for coach David Fizdale, who values that among many other traits for an NBA player. If he still keeps that part of Chicago in him, the former Arkansas Razorback won’t have issues finding playing time in a crowded, but talented frontcourt logjam.