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Word on the Street: Boozer believes he's an All-Star

Word on the Street: Boozer believes he's an All-Star

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2011
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Boozer believes he's an 'All-Star'

Averaging 19.9 points and 10.2 rebounds is a solid performance for a Bulls team that is a half-game behind the Heat for the Eastern Conference's second-best record. But because of injuries and 18 missed games, Carlos Boozer may not be named to the All-Star reserves. He believes that he is All-Star ready.

"I feel like I am deserving of an All-Star appearance. If not, I'm not going tobe disappointed," Boozer said. "If I am there, I will be extremely happy. I'll tell you that." (Chicago Tribune)

Sweet Lou headed to San Francisco

After leaving the grind of managing the Cubs to take care of his family, Lou Piniella will be joining the Giants front office as an advisor to general manager Brian Sabaen.

CSNChicago.com's Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney reports that it "was widely assumed that whenever Piniella decided to take a consulting job, it would be with the Yankees, because of his close ties to the Steinbrenner family."

Piniella will be another set of eyes for the defending World Series champions. (CSNChicago.com)

Lovie earns one Coach of the Year vote

Bears head coach Lovie Smith earned one vote for The Associated Press 2010 Coach of the Year Award issued Wednesday to Patriots' field general Bill Belichick. Kansas City's Todd Haley came in second with 4.5 votes while Atlanta's Mike Smith, Philadelphia's Andy Reid and St. Louis' Steve Spagnuolo also received one vote. Belichick garnered 30 votes. (Chicago Tribune)

ND coach Kelly happy with his 23 signees

After logging 15,000 miles and spending more than two days in the air, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says the time he spent to bring together this year's recruiting class was worth it.

"I can tell you the plan for this class came together very nicely for us," Kelly said.

Rivals.com agrees with Kelly's assessment, ranking this year's recruiting class as the ninth best in the country. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

ISU recruits eight local talent

Illinois State football coach Brock Spack announced the Redbirds' 16-man recruiting class featuring eight from Illinois. Spack signed three offensive linemen, tight ends and defensive backs, a pair of defensive linemen and wide receivers and a quarterback, linebacker and running back.

Five top Chicago area programs are represented in the Redbirds' 2011 signing class, including Wheaton Warrenville South, Mount Carmel and Lincoln Way East. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Bobby Portis punches Nikola Mirotic, breaking bones in Mirotic's face

Bobby Portis punches Nikola Mirotic, breaking bones in Mirotic's face

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.

Bobby Portis breaks bones in Nikola Mirotic's face after practice altercation

Bobby Portis breaks bones in Nikola Mirotic's face after practice altercation

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.

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.