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Bucks’ Bobby Portis relishes time in Milwaukee, credits key success figure: ‘Shout to my mom’

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It took Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis a few years to find his NBA home, spending the first five years of his career with three different teams.

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Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2015, Portis spent the first three years of his career in Chicago before being traded to the Washington Wizards in 2019. After signing a two-year contract with the Knicks in 2019, New York turned down the option of the club for the second year, opening the possibility to Portis will sign with the Bucks in 2020.

Bobby Portis #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts after scoring the go-ahead basket in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 11, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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In Milwaukee, Portis says he’s finally able to be “authentic” himself, helping Milwaukee win the organization’s first championship since the 1974 season. And the Bucks faithful will have the opportunity to cheer on the a fan favorite for years after Portis signed a four-year, $49 million deal in the offseason.

“I have peace of mind here, man,” Portis told Fox News Digital when asked about re-signing with Milwaukee. “I can be my real authentic self. In my basketball career, I could never be just Bobby. I was always judged for wearing a blindfold in Chicago. ‘He’s a thug.’ I get a lot of technical because I play with passion. “He can’t control his anger. Or I got into a situation with a teammate, and now I’m a bad guy in the locker room. So I don’t I never really had the chance to be my true authentic self because of the narrative that was already created for me.

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“Coming here, I was lucky to be just me, I was lucky to impact the win, I was lucky to be part of a championship team. And, to be honest, I got a chance to have fun again. I’m having fun again. That’s the most important thing.

For Portis, the contract is the culmination of years of hard work, as well as the dedication of his mother – who raised him as a single mother – and to whom Portis credits his success as well as the reason for the Bobby Foundation. Portis.

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“My foundation is centered around empowering single mothers,” Portis said. “I had a single mother growing up. She was my pride and joy. My mother worked hard to take care of me and my little brothers. Just being able to help others has always been my calling, always something thing I want to do in life. It’s one of those things that makes sense.

Milwaukee Bucks' Bobby Portis #9 hi-fives Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 during Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 11, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Milwaukee Bucks’ Bobby Portis #9 hi-fives Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 during Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 11, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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“So, kudos to my mom. Obviously, she’s a single mom, and it’s been hard for her growing up. But kudos to my mom for showing me how to work hard and how to spread my blessings to others. “

The Bobby Portis Foundation is “dedicated to supporting and empowering single parent families”, a job very dear to Portis.

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“I lived in 17, 18 different homes growing up,” Portis told Fox News Digital. “It was all the motivation I needed to be honest. Just crazy situations we were in. Living in houses sometimes with 12, 13 other people. Sometimes if you didn’t come home early enough to get the bed , you were on the floor.”

“One thing my mom really did for me was when it was time for me to play sports, my mom always made sure I was there,” Portis continued. “When it was time for me to play football, basketball…my mum would always take the time to make sure I could practice or attend my games. My mum wasn’t necessarily always at all my games in growing up because she had to work to take care of us, but she sure made sure I was there and once I got older, once I started getting better, I knew that I could probably change my mother’s life and help change my little brothers’ lives.

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By signing the four-year deal to stay in Milwaukee, Portis now has the financial security that most in life aren’t fortunate enough to find. But Portis wants to make sure he partners with businesses that can help him create generational wealth for his family.

Bobby Portis #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks talks to the media after the third round of Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs against the Chicago Bulls on April 22, 2022 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Bobby Portis #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks talks to the media after the third round of Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs against the Chicago Bulls on April 22, 2022 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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“The Goldman Sachs Wealth Management team, obviously I’ve been with them for four or five years now,” Portis said. “So they’re doing a great job with my money, helping me build generational wealth for my kids, the kids. So obviously kudos to the team and love them very much.”

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“Having a good team around you, having good people who can help you make the right decisions to help you build your money, help you save your money,” Portis added. “Because it’s not about how much money you make, it’s about how much money you save. So having a good team like my team at Goldman Sachs – the Goldman Sachs wealth management team – helped me save my money and helped me build generational wealth for my children, children. I don’t have children now, but obviously one day I will hopefully have children, and I can help to have generational wealth for them for their children when they have children.

Once his contract is settled, Portis will now have the opportunity to continue building on what was created in Milwaukee with the foundation of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and three-time All-Star Khris Middleton.

He has found a home in Milwaukee, with an organization that is ready to compete for championships for years to come.

“Not many teams play basketball as a team, but we do,” added Portis.

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