Bulls suspend Bobby Portis 8 games after fight with teammate Nikola Mirotic

Arnold Nichols
October 19, 2017

Mirotic, 26, had won the Bulls' starting power forward for the season opener Thursday.

Portis and Mirotic were involved in a "serious altercation" at practice on Tuesday that eventually sent the latter to the hospital. "He's a good kid". But in this incident, he made a mistake.

"Bobby Portis is not a bad person", Paxson added.

Mirotic suffered multiple broken bones in his face as well as a concussion on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times and the fact that one Chicago Bull player punched another Chicago Bull player hard enough to break his jaw, things are sort of a mess in the Windy City right now. Mirotic dropped to the floor and lay there for several minutes before getting up. Not that he didn't have his reasons, as Mirotic was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract from elsewhere or the Bulls. He has averaged 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists over his 218-game National Basketball Association career. Mirotic has to wait until concussion symptoms subside before doctors can perform any surgery, so the four-to-six-week timetable could change.

There's not really much precedent as far as suspensions for misconduct on the practice court go, but when you consider that Latrell Sprewell once got 68 games for choking head coach P.J. Carlesimo at practice (in a much different era of the NBA), maybe Portis got off easy here.

He averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds last season before re-signing with the Bulls on a two-year, $US27 million ($A34 million) deal just before training camp.

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