The Indiana Pacers did quite a number on the Milwaukee Bucks. Not only did Tyrese Haliburton and Co. deny Milwaukee a shot at the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament title, but as it turns out, the heartbreaking loss also caused a bit of a ruckus in the Bucks locker room after the game.
Bobby Portis, who is in the middle of a reported dispute with head coach Adrian Griffin shortly after the final buzzer, has now spoken out about the incident.
Milwaukee Bucks’ Bobby Portis Mum on Rumored Spat
When asked to share his side of the story, Portis opted not to share the details of the supposed locker room argument. According to the veteran big man, there are just some things that need to be kept within the squad:
“Don’t want to speak too much about what’s happening in our locker room,” Portis said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “What happens in our locker room is sacred between us. That’s how it’s always been.”
Portis obviously isn’t denying anything here. It is worth noting that Griffin himself has already broken his silence on the rumored spat, and the rookie coach similarly had no comment on the incident.
Both Portis and Griffin carried the same tone in their telling responses, though, which points to the notion that something did go down in the aftermath of their brutal loss to Indiana.
Bobby Portis Keeps It Real
Portis then went on to speak about his role on the squad. The way he described himself as a vocal and passionate leader of the squad again seems to confirm that an argument was had between himself and his coach:
“Don’t know how it got reported, but at the same time, I’m just a competitor. I love to compete,” Portis continued. “I think I’m a leader. I lead by voice and I lead by example as well. Just some things that I’ve grown over my career. I know with my time here — I’ve been here 1,000 plus days now — so the guys no me. The guys know who I am. They know I wear my heart on my sleeve. I compete at a high level on a day-to-day basis, whether shots are going in or not, whether I’m playing well or not, I’m here for the betterment of the team.
“So just being a leader, being a voice. And whoever else’s opinions, outside opinions outside of our team, that’s just their opinions about me or our team. I’m here for all the right reasons.”
Portis did make one thing clear, though. He had nothing but the good intentions of the team in mind. This has always been the case for the 28-year-old and as he said, his teammates have already gotten used to the type of player and the type of leader he is.
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