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Knicks’ Bobby Portis plays ‘for the entire state of Arkansas’ when he steps on the basketball court

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New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis never forgets where he came from.

Portis grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas in the 1990s, when it was one of the most dangerous cities in the country.

Now a millionaire playing for one of the most historic franchises in the NBA, Portis wears Arkansas on his chest everywhere he goes.

“When I step on the basketball court, I know I’m not playing for myself and just not my family. I’m playing for the entire state of Arkansas,” Portis told Jared Zwerling of CloseUp360.

Bobby Portis began his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls back in 2015. He has also played for the Washington Wizards.

Portis signed a two-year, $31 million deal with the Knicks this summer in free agency. The energetic Portis is looking forward to playing in The Big Apple and showing off his improved game after working hard this offseason. He is expected to become a fan favorite in New York quickly because of how hard he plays.

Portis averaged 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 50 games in 2018-19 while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line.

With the Knicks, Portis is reuniting with Taj Gibson. Portis and Gibson were teammates on the Bulls.