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Bulls rookie Bobby Portis plays his role, waits for his turn

Bulls rookie Bobby Portis plays his role, waits for his turn

Long after Bulls practice ended Sunday, even well after his lengthy rotating one-on-one-on-one battle with Tony Snell and Aaron Books left him lathered and a loser to Snell, Bobby Portis dropped three of his customary third-person references into a six-minute chat with reporters.

"Free Bobby Portis," was Portis' last, delivered with a smile.

You have to love the first-round pick's spirit and sense of humor. The Bulls still love his skill, even if he remains buried on the big-man depth chart behind Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson.

"He pushes the heck out of our guys in practice," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "A great attitude,...

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