Chicago Bulls draft pick Bobby Portis made amends for his tweets four years ago with donuts
The Chicago Bulls introduced their first round pick Bobby Portis who came ready to impress. Portis sported a bow tie, and carried three boxes of Stan’s Donuts to the podium for putting his foot in his mouth by showing love for LeBron James and hatred for Derrick Rose and the Bulls in a tweet from May 19, 2011.
Portis either wasn’t dreaming it big in 2011 and never thought he would play in the NBA, or didn’t realize that whatever goes on the internet is written in ink forever.
No harm, no foul though. You could defend Portis’ tweet since it showed passion for the game. That is the compassion I feel after having one of the three dozen donuts Portis delivered. You have to like someone who goes out of his way to bring some sweet to your day.
He also did apologize after being drafted by the Bulls.
Despite bringing the donuts and the apology tweet, playing time will be a challenge. The Bulls are stocked up front with Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic and were not expecting Portis to fall all the way to 22.
They never even worked him out. General manager Gar Forman said the Bulls stuck to their philosophy of “taking the best player in the board.” Good motto.
New head coach Fred Hoiberg coached against Portis in college. Hoiberg’s Iowa State Cyclones beat Arkansas and Portis by 18 last season. Portis had 19 points and eight rebounds. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson will miss those contributions and his work ethic, “Bobby was the first player in the gym and the last to leave. He wants to be great and I think this is a great fit for him in Chicago.”
Portis says he has patterned his game after Kevin Garnett and “he loves the passion” Garnett played with. Not sure if Garnett ever brought the donuts. Portis might already have a leg up on one of the games all-time greats.