When the Bulls acquired Otto Porter Jr. from the Wizards in exchange for Jabari Parker and Bobby “Crazy Eyes” Portis, all you heard from the Chicago media was – “The Bulls finally got a REAL NBA player.”
I think I took partial offense to that sentiment, as I feel like many of our Bulls are actually legit – Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, and my pal RoLo.
As a side note, RoLo’s game looks kind of like mine – gets buckets in the paint, nice spin moves, not swift of foot, crazy hair. One thing you can say about both of us – we’re reliable.
Well, Otto Porter Jr., whom Bulls management consider their “off-season acquisition,” is actually making a difference – in more ways than one.
According to a Chicago Sun-Times article* by Joe Cowley, “The numbers show that Porter has boosted the game of his teammates, with Markkanen scoring a least 20 points in the six games with Porter, and LaVine scoring 26 or more in four of the first six games.”
And Porter is scoring about 22 points per game himself.
The win streak is up to three games – with a 126-116 victory against the Celtics last night. This means the Bulls are undefeated in the second half of the season, and they also got revenge for the historic December game (that I was at) where the Celtics blew them out by 56 points!!!
It pleases me to see Boston sportswriters come up with headlines likely stolen from the Bulls’ story inventory. This is quite unexpected and unusual, and I hope it becomes a regular occurrence. For instance, Yahoo Sports contributor Keith P. Smith’s recap of last night’s game was titled: A horrible, terrible, no good, very bad loss and 9 other takeaways from Celtics/Bulls.
I’ll be honest, I missed the record-setting game as I was out at Siena Tavern with the party girls, enjoying yummy meatballs and delicious, healthy salad, and will settle in with the replay later today. Evidently, it was a big night, with both Zach and Lauri scoring a career-high 42 and 35 points respectively.
Here’s what Zach had to say after the game: “Last time we played them on our home floor and they blew us out. So we had to come back and let them know that we’re not the same team right now.”
And in all-important shoe news, it’s surprising that all of the focus this week has been on Zion Williamson and his Nikes, with little coverage of my latest addition – a pair of Jordan Legacy 312 basketball sneakers (pictured).
Don’t worry Nike – if you can’t secure Zion for a shoe contract, Cinjo is available.
Thanks to Malik at House of Hoops by Foot Locker on Milwaukee Avenue for the great help and service, and for confirming that to his knowledge, the HoH staff has never waited on anyone “quite like me” looking to purchase high-top Air Jordans. Some of us are a legend in our own mind.
Beat the Bucks!