"Bobby Portis is not a bad person".
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'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.
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ESPN reported that Mirotic charged at Portis twice before Portis threw a punch and connected with Mirotic's face.
Portis and Mirotic were involved in a "serious altercation" at practice on Tuesday that eventually sent the latter to the hospital.
Despite the reports about Portis' punch, Paxson also disputed that the punch that struck Mirotic was not a "sucker punch". "And as we all know when you make mistakes, you have to suffer the consequences". Portis then dropped Mirotic with a punch that floored him for several minutes before he got up. He will likely need surgery. He finally prolonged his time with the Bulls, signing a two-year contract worth 27 million dollars. Portis will be eligible to return for the Bulls' ninth game of the season, which is coincidentally also at Toronto on November 7.
Mirotic averaged 10.8 points over his first three seasons with Chicago.