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.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kelly Crull react to the Bulls loss to the Jazz and the mounting injuries.
0:45 Kelly on making the transition to covering the Cubs
1:20 On Bulls limping to the finish line
2:35 On Paxson addressing the media before the Jazz game
4:15 Kendall on Chandler Hutchison
6:20 On Wendell Carter Jr and his leadership and expectations for next season
8:40 Kendall on next season, and his conversation with Robin Lopez
12:40 Kendall makes an analogy on Bulls needing a veteran to elephants
13:45 On Otto Porter Jr and his status for the last few weeks
14:50 On NCAA Tournament and NBA draft prospects; Ja Morant
20:20 Kendall on being recruited by Depaul when he was in high school
22:30 On what LaVine and Markkanen need to improve on during offseason
23:45 Other players biggest improvements
24:55 More on Kendall’s interview with Robin Lopez
25:40 On Sweet Sixteen
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On this edition of Bulls Outsiders, Matt Peck, Dave Watson, and John Sabine react to the Bulls 114-83 loss to the Jazz.
0:30 Reaction to the blowout loss
2:20 Matt’s headwear becomes a topic
5:30 On Markkanen’s night and aggressive play
6:50 Should Bulls sit LaVine and Porter Jr. out the rest of the season?
10:05 Viewer comments on resting starters
11:15 Viewer comment on Ja Morant and if he’s worth trading up for if Bulls don’t get 2nd pick
13:30 We found a John Sabine KFC commercial and critique his acting skills
18:30 Viewer comments about chicken places
21:00 We now have beef with the Blazers Outsiders