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Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic says he’s ‘good’ after knee injury

Basketball - Olympics: Day 16

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Nikola Mirotic #44 of Spain reacts during the Men’s Basketball Bronze medal game between Australia and Spain on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Only the Spurs (known for their international focus) and Jazz (built off the same front-office tree) had more 2016 Olympians than the Bulls.

Chicago sent Jimmy Butler (Team USA), Nikola Mirotic (Spain), CristianoFelicio (Brazil) to Rio. For a moment, it appeared only two of the three would return healthy.

Mirotic injured his knee when he banged it against Aron Baynes’ in the bronze-medal game. But the Chicago forward says he’s fine.


A stretch four, Mirotic will be crucial to the Bulls this season. He’s their only projected starter who’s an above-average 3-point shooter for his position.

All those spacing concerns about Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler? The burden falls heavily to Mirotic to alleviate them.

This was a major injury Chicago couldn’t afford – and apparently avoided.