On the same day that the NBA released the first half of the schedule, often-injured Bulls veteran Otto Porter Jr. insisted that his goal this season was to make sure he’s involved in as many of those games as possible.
No biggie, you say?
Well, the numbers scream something very different.
Since Porter was acquired from Washington during the 2018-19 season, the Bulls have a .286 winning percentage. When Porter actually takes the court in something other than street clothes, however, that percentage goes up to .414. The problem? The small forward is mostly in those street clothes.
In the 93 games the Bulls have had since acquiring Porter, he’s played in just 29 of them. Let it sink in that he’s made about $1.3 million per appearance as a Bull. Then take a deep breath and factor in he just exercised his $28.5 million option for one more go at it.
No wonder Porter and his health was a key topic on Friday.
“Yeah, just really focus on the healthy aspect part of it,’’ Porter said of this season. “Making sure I get my body right, knowing it could lead up to a big season this year with the Bulls where we’re looking forward to doing big things.
“I mean I’m just really focused on this year. Like I said, you can’t really change the past, and for this upcoming season, I’m just looking forward to it.’’