Bobby Portis Shares His Experience Playing Alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday

Published 03/01/2021, 5:30 PM EST
Jan 15, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with guard Jrue Holiday (21) against the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks, once again, have gathered their momentum and are on a five-game winning streak. However, unlike last season when they were at the top of the Eastern Conference, the Bucks are now standing third. With the way the 76ers have been playing, one can’t really blame the Bucks. Nevertheless, the Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday combination has really done wonders this season.

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They are showing the potential of going deep in the playoffs and being a possible threat to the reigning champions as well. One of the veteran players, Bobby Portis, even opened up on what it’s been like to share the court with these two superstars.

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On a podcast with Alex Kennedy, Bobby Portis was asked how it was different now that he was playing with Giannis Antetokounmpo and not battling against him.

“It’s been fun, man,” said Bobby. “He’s an unselfish guy, a standup guy. A guy that gives his all to the team each and every night… Never misses a game, plays hard. It’s kind of cool being around a superstar guy like that… He’s just so selfless like. He is his self every day, comes with a smile on his face, cracks jokes, talks to everybody.”

Portis even talked about how they bond with one another and said, “We hang out sometimes, play cards, in different people’s houses and things like that. So, it’s fun, man. Being around a superstar-caliber like that, that’s still so genuine and humble.”

Feb 28, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) congratulates forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) after a fourth quarter basket at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Jrue Holiday has an incredible left hand

Jrue Holiday has a great reputation as a teammate. He was even voted Teammate of the Year when he was with New Orleans Pelicans last year. Hence, Portis was asked how it was having Jrue on the team with them and how he has impacted them.

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“I played with Jrue’s big bro, Justin Holiday in Chicago, for two seasons,” Portis said. “It was fun man, playing with him, being on the team with the man because he’s a good player. He is a crazy defender… He uses his left hand more than his right hand. His left hand is crazy on the court. Just being his teammate, being around him, he’s a genuine guy who cares a lot. I think everybody knows how much he cares about anyone, man… Being around him every day is good… He is a competitor and a cool guy to be around.”

Feb 5, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) during the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of the season is still left for the Bucks to keep proving themselves. Do you think the Milwaukee Bucks have a shot at the title thanks to this duo? Or do they need some more time before they can start to matchup up to teams like the Lakers, 76ers, and the Nets?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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