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