Portis said he thinks the Warriors star pulled his right arm on purpose with the intent of injuring him.
Bobby Portis doesn’t appear to be over an incident that happened with Kevin Durant during the Bulls’ 146-109 loss to the Warriors on Friday.
The two got tangled up on a screen, which ultimately resulted in Portis spraining his elbow. Chicago’s forward, however, doesn’t believe the incident was an accident.
Portis said Saturday that he believes it “wasn’t inadvertent” and he thinks the Warriors star pulled his right arm on purpose with the intent of injuring him.
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“If I would have done that, I would have got a foul call on me, defensive foul,” Portis said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I guess it’s just who you’re playing against. Everything is officiated different toward whoever it is, but if you look back at the video at the time, it was obvious.”
Portis went on to explain that he thinks officials treat him differently because of his reputation around the league, referencing a 2017 altercation that left his then-teammate Nikola Mirotic with a concussion and facial fractures.
“Obviously, everything is officiated differently towards me,” Portis told reporters. “It’s because of that incident (with Mirotic) last year. Everybody thinks I’m this bad guy when really I’m a really good dude. Image is everything, and I guess that’s what my image is.
“I always play with an edge, play hard and kind of make these facial expressions to make it seem like I’m mad all the time on the court,” Portis continued. “It’s just who I am: play hard, bring an edge. I really can’t control the facial features I play with. It just happens. It’s kind of a gift and a curse.”
When asked if Durant apologized, Portis said: “Ain’t no apologies in basketball. Nobody feels sorry for nobody. That’s how it goes.”
Portis missed Saturday’s game against the Jazz due to elbow pain. He has been averaging 12.9 points with 7.3 rebounds in 12 games for Chicago.