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.
There was already a dearth of talent on this Bulls roster, but now both Portis and Mirotic are out of commission to start the season after this incident.
The suspension came after Portis and Mirotic got into it during a practice on Tuesday and ended with Portis laying out Mirotic with a single punch that broke multiple bones in Mirotic's face and gave him a concussion. But in this case, he made a mistake. The Bulls are evaluating disciplinary action. We all know when you make mistakes, we got to suffer the consequences. He can practice with the team during his suspension and will be eligible to return for the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against Toronto. His first three seasons in Chicago haven't exactly been sparkling - he has averaged a modest 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds with a discreet 35% success rate in three pointers.
The Bulls announced Tuesday that surgery is likely for Mirotic. He finally prolonged his time with the Bulls, signing a two-year contract worth 27 million dollars. A first-round pick in 2015, he averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 15.6 minutes last season.