Knicks news: Bobby Portis called out Dwyane Wade when they were teammates on Bulls
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Bobby Portis called out Dwyane Wade when they were teammates on Bulls

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When Bobby Portis and Dwyane Wade were teammates on the Chicago Bulls during the 2016-17 season, the newest member of the New York Knicks reportedly called out the future Hall of Famer for not working hard enough in practice, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.

Portis agreed to a free agent deal with the Knicks on the first day of free agency. New York is getting a passionate player who plays hard on both ends of the floor and doesn’t back down to anyone.

That is why, during Dwyane Wade’s miscast 2016-17 season in Chicago, the 6-foot-11 Bulls power forward got his hackles up when the Miami legend famously called out the young Bulls to the press for not working hard enough after a loss. The next day, a team meeting was staged, with Wade explaining his comments to his teammates. According to an NBA source, as Wade talked, Portis stared him down.

“Wade finally says, ‘What’s up, Bobby?’ ” the NBA source said. “Bobby laid into him, saying, ‘You might be a better player, but don’t ever challenge my work ethic.’ He accused Wade of not working hard enough by not practicing.”

Portis also punched Nikola Mirotic in the face during Bulls training camp in 2017. The Knicks are hoping Portis doesn’t fight with his teammates in New York, but are excited to add a guy who plays with tremendous grit.

This past season with the Bulls and Washington Wizards, Portis averaged 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists. With the Knicks, Portis will be reunited with Taj Gibson, who also agreed to a deal with New York.