Otto Porter last played for the Bulls on 11/6, leaving after the first half in Atlanta with a foot contusion. Any subsequent updates have been relegated to a ‘day-to-day’ type of update, where he’ll be ruled out for a game but no further information.
There was a bit more information from head coach Jim Boylen on Saturday before the Nets loss, faithfully relayed by KC Johnson at NBC Sports Chicago.
Coach Jim Boylen did say he hasn’t heard the word “surgery” mentioned and used the word “weeks” when asked if the starting forward would miss weeks or months.
”Otto’s is a slow. meticulous process,” Boylen said before the Bulls hosted the Nets at the United Center. “As symptoms subside, he gets better. Some days those symptoms are less, and some days they are the same as the day before. So that’s where that’s at.”
”He’s working at it. He’s trying. Again, this is a tough one. It’s not a definitive thing. I’m sorry I don’t have more answers for everyone. We’re just trying to do the best we can with it.”
So that’s about as clear as grit. This communication sucks especially so because if Boylen is the only source of information here we know he’s not very forthright (or a dummy) about such things, like he was with Chandler Hutchison just weeks ago. It’d be nice if the the local beat (including self-professed hardscrabble locker room fetishist Joe Cowley) weren’t mere stenographers and could try and find out more.
We have been somewhat conditioned already to figure Porter is always going to suffer nagging injuries, but outright missing this many games is concerning. Not just because he’s maybe the Bulls best all-around player, but the lack of acceptably-heighted depth behind him at the wing spot, but also the fear that Paxson is already writing down ‘when Otto went down that really hurt us’ for when the Bulls win 28 games this year.