Bulls' executive VP John Paxson says Mirotić will be out for four to six weeks, "but needs to clear concussion protocol". He's a competitive kid, but in this instance he made a mistake.
In one of the more... let's just say, "interesting" stories of this young National Basketball Association season, Bulls forward Bobby Portis apparently clocked teammate Nikola Mirotic in the face following a heated practice yesterday. Portis has been suspended by the club and will face disciplinary charges. Mirotic reportedly charged at Portis twice before the latter player threw a punch. "And as we all know when you make mistakes, you have to suffer the consequences".
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Mirotic stayed on the ground for several minutes following the punch before getting up. Mirotic later underwent tests and was diagnosed with a concussion in addition to a broken jaw and facial fractures from the fight.
Portis, 22, a 2015 first-round pick by the Bulls, averaged 6.9 points and five rebounds over 126 games the past two seasons. He will likely need surgery, according to the team.
The Chicago Bulls' 2017-18 season took an unexpected turn before it even tipped off, and forward Bobby Portis was suspended Wednesday as a result. Not that he didn't have his reasons, as Mirotic was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract from elsewhere or the Bulls.
Mirotic averaged 10.8 points over his first three seasons with Chicago.