“Once a Knick, always a Knick.”
We here at P&T live by this credo...to a certain extent. We celebrate the triumphs of former Knicks, just as long as they’re not playing for the Heat or Celtics or something like that. And that is why the Milwaukee Bucks’ title-clinching win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night was so gratifying. It was a chance to celebrate a member of the OAKAAK fraternity on the biggest stage.
Bobby Portis didn’t have the greatest season with the Knicks in 2019-20, but once the scourge that was David FIzdale was purged from the team, Portis actually settled into his role as a pretty good backup big. Portis left New York in the summer and signed with Milwaukee, where he became the Bucks’ top bench player during their run through the playoffs.
And Game 6 was his masterpiece. Portis played 23 minutes, closing the game out in place of starter Brook Lopez while chipping in 16 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block in the Bucks win. He even got into a brief, hilarious fracas with the always-combustible Chris Paul.
After the game, former teammate Frank Ntilikina congratulated Portis on Instagram.
While we’re talking about ex-Knicks, let us also congratulate Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who couldn’t be with the team due to health and safety protocols. His brother Giannis chatted with him on Instagram after the game.
LOOOOL Giannis’ IG live is now. Told his bro “I’m coming to the hotel,” and he responds, “no you’re not!” Thanasis is in the health & safety protocols.— Naveen Ganglani (@naveenganglani) July 21, 2021
Giannis ends by saying “I’m a fucking champion, nobody can take that away from me” pic.twitter.com/sHboQnhOfW
Congratulations to all the Bucks and their fans, who had to wait 50 years between titles. The 50th anniversary of New York’s last title is coming up in two years. Might this be an omen?