Friday, March 25, 2011
Posted: 8:54 a.m.
By Aggrey Sam
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is among 20 NBA players who will donate 1,000 for every point they score Friday night to a relief fund benefiting recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan.
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Along with fellow All-Stars Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Pau Gasol of the Lakers and other players from Rose's agency, Wasserman Media Group, the MVP candidate will make donations based on games held from Friday through Sunday. Rose's donation will be based on his scoring in Friday night's Bulls home game against the Grizzlies.
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The effort is being led by medical relief organization Direct Relief International, which has formed the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund with the Japanese American Citizens League.
Rose is averaging 24.9 points per game this season.
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On an emergency edition of our Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Vincent Goodwill react to the Bobby Portis-Nikola Mirotic fight in practice.
Hear what Vincent’s sources are telling him what happened, plus the group discusses how the fight will likely impact the team now — and in the long-term. Will also shares his story on why Michael Jordan punched him during a practice.
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were involved in an altercation that resulted in Mirotic suffering two broken bones in his face after Portis punched him, according to sources.
Mirotic, who’s out indefinitely, was evaluated for a concussion and taken to a hospital, where he was released but was apparently a bit out of it, according to a source. The altercation began with pushing and shoving between the two before Mirotic lunged forward at Portis and Portis hit Mirotic, sending him to the floor.
“I’ve seen worse,” a witness said.
Mirotic was taken to the training room and Portis went to the other side of the floor.
Apparently the two have had testy moments since Portis entered the league in 2015. The two play the same position and have battled for minutes, with Portis often getting the short end in the rotation.
Where this leaves Portis with the Bulls for the immediate future as far as a suspension is unknown.
But what was supposed to be a so-called nondescript season has suddenly put the spotlight on the players and the coaching staff, who’ll have to navigate the relationship between the two teammates.