Bulls' Mirotic injured in fight with teammate


Portis will serve the suspension beginning with the Bulls' season opener at Toronto on Thursday night.

Bulls forward Bobby Portis has been suspended eight games for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic in practice Tuesday.

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.

"Bobby Portis is not a bad person", Bulls president of basketball operations John Paxson said. "He's a good kid, but he made a mistake".

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As told by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the two players had been talking trash during a practice scrimmage and got into a shoving match that escalated when Mirotic charged at Portis twice. Mirotic dropped to the floor and lay there for several minutes before getting up. In fact, the fight sent forward Nikola Mirotic to the hospital.

Portis, also a forward, averaged 6.8 points last season for Chicago.

Portis will be eligible to return for the Bulls' ninth game of the season against the Raptors on November 7.

Mirotic, 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 70 games last season and was expected to have a starting role for the Bulls this season after inking a two-year deal worth $12.5 million with Chicago. Mirotic has to wait until concussion symptoms subside before doctors can perform any surgery, so the four-to-six-week timetable could change.