Bobby Portis has thrown a first pitch at both White Sox and Cubs games, but perhaps he is showing his hand on which way he leans between the two Chicago baseball teams.
The Bulls tweeted out a photo of the injured forward boarding a plane for Boston ahead of Wednesday’s Bulls-Celtics game. Portis was wearing a Cubs jacket.
✈️ to BOS pic.twitter.com/9kXOAkvGjP
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 13, 2018
On the surface this appears to be a harmless social media post, but this is the kind of stuff that can enflame arguments and trash talk throughout Chicagoland.
Portis threw out the first pitch at a White Sox game in July of 2015, just weeks after he was drafted by the Bulls. This is an easy connection considering Jerry Reinsdorf owns both the Bulls and the White Sox.
— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) July 7, 2015
However, Portis made the trip to Wrigley Field this April to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 27, 2018
Going against the team that the man who signs your checks owns is a risky play, but maybe Portis is going the Dave Chappelle Pepsi vs. Coke route on this one.
“I’ve done commercials for Coke and Pepsi,” Chappelle said in one of his stand-up specials. “If you want to know the truth, can’t even taste the difference. Surprise! All I know is Pepsi paid me most recently so it tastes better.”
Portis threw out the first pitch at a Cubs game more recently so they have the advantage for now. Now it’s up to the White Sox to invite Portis back so he can sport some White Sox gear for an upcoming Bulls road trip. Portis could be swimming in Chicago baseball schwag if he plays it right.
The story of Steve Kerr and Michael Jordan getting into a fight in training camp has become infamous in NBA history.
It was the undersized guard who was a 3-point specialist standing up to the greatest player ever who was notorious for his competitive nature. Kerr still brings it up every so often, and made a reference to it (to comedic effect) on Tuesday.
“By the way, I kicked MJ’s ass.” 😂 pic.twitter.com/3wYF9AhxV6
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 14, 2018
“By the way, I kicked MJ’s ass,” Kerr said.
At the beginning of the clip, the Warriors coach is talking about an on-court confrontation between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, which carried over to the locker room after the game.
As regulation comes to an end during Warriors vs Clippers a heated exchange between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant ensued on the bench with Klay Thompson playing peacemaker. pic.twitter.com/Za7IrmqOJ2
— adam (@ClippsMcGee) November 13, 2018
Kerr’s altercation with Jordan took place in 1995, the summer before the Bulls went 72-10 and won the fourth of the team’s six titles. The two got matched up in a scrimmage and Jordan, ever the trash talker, starting jawwing at Kerr. Kerr didn’t back down, which led to the two needing to be separated.
Apparently Kerr can still laugh about the whole thing, too.
Zach LaVine knows a thing or two about comeback campaigns. And that is why it is so encouraging to see him offer kind words to Brooklyn Nets wing Caris LeVert.
Come back stronger dawg! 🙏🏽@CarisLeVert
— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) November 13, 2018
LaVine tore his ACL in February of 2017 and aggressively worked to get back into playing shape amid his trade to the Chicago Bulls. He put up 16 points per game in an incredibly inefficient season but has bounced back in a serious way in 2018-19, playing like one of the best 2-guards in the league. LeVert was on a similar path.
Caris LeVert had multiple seasons cut short due to injury at the University of Michigan and only played in 57 games his rookie year. He started to build considerable momentum last season, averaging 12 points and 26 minutes per game. This year LeVert was in full breakout mode, scoring 18 points per game on a career-high 47 percent from the field.
LeVert will make it back from this injury, and his herky-jerky play style makes it all the more likely that he can get back to the high level he was playing at in 2018. He has encouragement coming from all corners of the basketball world, but the best thing is that LeVert himself seems to be in good spirits.
I just want to thank God above all things b/c despite how bad the injury looked, it could’ve been a lot worse. Thanks to all for the prayers, messages, love, support for both my family & me. We appreciate you all! Can’t wait to get back out there with my brothers!!! @BrooklynNets pic.twitter.com/ZaOYO8WKl6
— Caris LeVert (@CarisLeVert) November 14, 2018