Bobby Portis was ejected from Wednesday night’s New York Knicks 114-96 home loss to the Washington Wizards for committing an absolutely heinous act against Shabazz Napier.
The Knicks had just made a basket to turn it into a 3-point game at 80-77 with about nine minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Knicks called a timeout, and Napier decided to shoot a 3-pointer. Portis blocked the ball and then tossed it at Napier after Napier gave a sarcastic thumbs up.
Bobby Portis just got ejected for throwing the ball at Shabazz Napier. Here’s what happened before the toss. Bobby blocked Napier’s shot after the whistle and Napier gave him a sarcastic thumbs up. pic.twitter.com/IdfrnoCtdJ
How dare Portis do such a horrible thing! He could have taken Napier’s head off or broken some bones with a heave of such velocity! I’m not even sure an ejection is enough. The NBA might want to consider a multi-game suspension to rid the game of such horrible nonsense.
And yes, if you couldn’t tell by the computer font, that was all sarcasm.
Portis had seven points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes prior to being tossed.
The league announced on Wednesday that Portis has been fined $25,000 for the play. In their announcement, the league said Portis was being fined for “recklessly making contact” above Caldwell-Pope’s shoulders.
KCP exited the game after the foul and was checked for a concussion but cleared.
In addition to Caldwell-Pope being smacked, Anthony Davis took a hard fall in the third quarter and bruised his tailbone. The Lakers won the game 117-87 to improve to 30-7 on the season.
Portis received a Flagrant 2 foul for the play and was tossed.
He spoke about the play after the game and denied there was any malicious intent.
“I tried to block the ball, missed the ball, hit him in the head,” Portis said, via the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “My apologies and I was happy to see him come back into the game. My intention was never to hit him in the head. I made a basketball play on the ball. My intent is to play hard. That’s my MO. I accidentally hit him in the head.”
Though the play looks awful, I actually do believe Portis. He probably was going for a block. The thing is he took a violent swing going for the block and missed, which resulted in excessive contact on Caldwell-Pope.
KCP did not take his free throws after being hit. He was checked for a concussion but later cleared to return to the game. Portis could face additional discipline from the league.
Bobby Portis was one of the players the New York Knicks signed after they missed out on superstar free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and the former first-round pick says his new team should have known it would have plenty of extra money to spend this summer.
Portis signed a two-year, $31 million deal with the Knicks not long after free agency began. The Knicks showed interest in him early on, and he knew they would have the cap space to sign him. Why? According to the 6-foot-11 forward, it was the worst-kept secret in the NBA that Durant and Irving were heading to Brooklyn.
“I knew what was gonna happen in February,” Portis said, via Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. “We all knew that (Durant and Kyrie Irving would go to Brooklyn). Everybody knew that. I just don’t think the media knew that. Us basketball players, we all knew that.”
Portis said he is not going to reveal his source but added “we all know where they were going.”
Players around the NBA talk, and it was probably quite obvious that Durant and Irving were committed to playing together. One player who is better than Kyrie even tried to recruit Durant and had no luck, so that says a lot. Irving also seemed 100 percent committed to the Nets from the start. Put all of that together and you have two guys who are headed to Brooklyn.
Dwyane Wade’s homecoming to Chicago never worked out the way he and the Bulls envisioned.
After 13 seasons with the Miami Heat, Wade signed with his hometown team on a 2-year deal. He was excited about playing for Chicago, and they were thrilled to get a perennial All-Star. But Wade’s tenure with the team was brief and did not go well.
The New York Post’s Marc Berman wrote a feature on Portis, who has joined the Knicks in free agency. In the article, Berman says that the Bulls had a meeting after a loss in which Wade said the team didn’t play hard enough. Berman says Portis challenged Wade in response, saying that Wade wasn’t practicing hard enough.
Bobby Portis will likely have no shortage of suitors in free agency and will be looking for some big money.
Portis will be a restricted free agent this summer if the Washington Wizards extend him a qualifying offer as expected. The Athletic’s Tony Jones reported on Tuesday that Portis will be seeking as much as $16 million (per season) in free agency. The Wizards would not be expected to match an offer sheet for him on such terms.
Reporting with @FredKatz: Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis is seeking as much as $16 million in free agency, League Sources tell The Athletic. The Wizards aren't expected to match a huge offer sheet. Portis has interest from multiple teams on the market, sources say
Portis, 24, averaged 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season, split with Chicago and Washington. He offers outside shooting too and made 39.3 percent of his threes.
The Jazz have a $16.9 million team option on Derrick Favors that they could decline and then use the money on Portis. It’s a tricky decision for a squad that intends to seriously compete in the West after pulling off a trade for Mike Conley last week.
Bobby Portis has improved his game in each of his first four NBA seasons, and there should be no shortage of interest in him when he becomes a restricted free agent next month. The Washington Wizards will be able to match any offer the big man receives, but does he want them to?
Tony Jones of The Athletic reports that Portis has interest in signing with the Utah Jazz.
Hearing Bobby Portis has significant interest in coming to the Utah Jazz. Portis is a restricted free agent for the Washington Wizards. He’s a power forward/center who is a good perimeter shooter. Eight days until free agency starts
Portis was traded to Washington from the Chicago Bulls at the February deadline last year, and he was very consistent for the Wizards down the stretch. He averaged 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game after the deal, so it would stand to reason that Washington would like to keep him around.
The Wizards are hoping to sign Bradley Beal to a massive extension this offseason, though he may have incentive to turn it down. If he does agree to sign a new deal, Portis may price his way out of Washington.