Knicks news: Bobby Portis says his free-agency experience was 'up and down,' believes playing in New York 'will allow my career to reach new heights'
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Bobby Portis says his free-agency experience was ‘up and down,’ believes playing for Knicks ‘will allow my career to reach new heights’

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This summer was the first time Bobby Portis experienced free-agency in the NBA. The power forward, who signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the New York Knicks, says his first free-agency experience was “up and down.”

Portis, though, is happy he landed with the Knicks. The 24-year-old believes playing in New York will be the best thing that has happened in his career.

“It was up and down, man,” Portis told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. “Each and every day, you feel different about certain situations. You’re hearing different teams are interested in you and it’s a possibility that you’re going to those teams. It was really up and down for me.

“I always try to stay even-keel, but I kind of got up and down a little bit [and I let it get to me] that I didn’t know what was going to happen. You’re wondering, ‘Am I going to be here? Am I going to be there?’ I was kind of anxious and nervous at the same time, not knowing what would happen. But I landed in a great position that will allow my career to reach new heights.”

Bobby Portis split time this past season with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. He averaged 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 50 games while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Portis will bring scoring, rebounding, toughness and energy to the Knicks. His game will always be loud, as Portis is always flexing and yelling on the court.