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From Little Rock to New York, Bobby Portis Relishes Underdog Role
Few 6-11, 254-pound multimillionaires who walk this earth can legitimately claim to be an “underdog.” Bobby Portis is one of them.  From his days sleeping on friends’ couches as a teen to dealing with doubters on the NBA level, Portis has embraced the underdog role — to the point... Read more
In Chicago, Daniel Gafford Follows In Bobby Portis’ Footsteps
On June 20, a future Daniel Gafford had long wanted finally arrived.  In one way, getting picked by the Chicago Bulls in the 2019 NBA Draft was the start of a new journey for the former star Razorback. It was also the end of another.  Gafford didn’t just battle... Read more
Bobby Portis Rivals Corliss Williamson For Top Season By NBA Razorback Big
in his fourth season in the league, Bobby Portis put together arguably the best season ever by a Razorback big man in terms of traditional stats. Although traded midway through the season from Chicago to Washington, he still put up big numbers. Portis’ 8.1 rebounds per game in 2018-19... Read more
Former Razorback Star Bobby Portis Killing It In New Role with Washington Wizards
By Dennis Adair The ongoing 2018-19 NBA season has been a long, twisting road for Washington Wizards power forward and Arkansas native Bobby Portis. The 24-year-old entered his fourth season in the league with the Chicago Bulls, the team that plucked him from the University of Arkansas with the... Read more

The former Razorback All-SWC center and 15-year pro discusses Portis, the most recent of a long line of Razorback big man greats.

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How does an SEC team get its Dikembe Mutombo on, yet still get destroyed on the boards?

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Mike Anderson’s first four Hog teams have shown more steady and impressive improvement than Nolan’s did. But there is one vital difference…

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As you know, Hamburg native Scottie Pippen made the original Dream Team in 1992 and the 1996 Olympic team which grabbed Gold in Atlanta. Pippen made by far the greatest splash of any national team Arkansan, but he wasn’t the first to do so in an Olympics. That honor goes to Gordon Carpenter, native... Read more