From Comcast SportsNetNEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis is The Associated Press' college basketball Player of the Year, the first Kentucky player and second freshman to win the award. He received 43 votes Friday from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Balloting was done before the NCAA tournament. The 6-foot-10 player from Chicago is the Southeastern Conference's Player, Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.6 blocks while shooting 64.2 percent. His block total is a school record and third best for a freshman. Kevin Durant of Texas in 2007 is the only other freshman to win the award. Thomas Robinson of Kansas was second with 20 votes, and Draymond Green of Michigan State received the other two votes. Jimmer Fredette of BYU won the award last season.
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.
Mirotic does have a concussion and broken bones in his face. Expect Bobby Portis' suspension to be significant— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) October 17, 2017
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.
Last year's Bulls team was mediocre in the standings, but had plenty of in-season drama. This year's group is off to a similar start.
The Vertical's Shams Charania first reported that Nikolic Mirotic and Bobby Portis got in an altercation at practice and Mirotic was taken to the hospital as a result. The two were apparently in a shoving match until Portis hit Mirotic in the face.
Sources: Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were involved in serious altercation in practice today, leaving Mirotic hospitalized and out indefinitely. Story coming.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 17, 2017
Apparently there was some pushing and shoving and Mirotic was punched by Portis. Mirotic is being evaluated for a concussion— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) October 17, 2017
This has been three years in the making, a source said. Mirotic has broken bones in his face, apparently instigated, and Portis punched him— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) October 17, 2017
The Bulls confirmed the incident in a statement.
"Chicago Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic had a physical altercation during today's practice," the team statement read. "As a result of the incident, Mirotic suffered a concussion and maxillary fractures. Surgery is likely required. Mirotic is out indefinitely.
"The Bulls are evaluating disciplinary action. An update will be provided when applicable."
Mirotic is listed at 6-foot-10, 238 pounds and Portis is 6-11, 246, so any fight between those two could cause some serious damage.
The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reported that Mirotic has headed home and has not one, but two broken bones in his face.
Mirotic is home after going to hospital. He has 2 broken bones in his face and was evaluated for concussion, per source. Punched by Portis.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 17, 2017
Early estimate on Mirotic absence: "A few weeks," source said.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 17, 2017