ESPNChicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is out indefinitely after being injured in an altercation with teammate Bobby Portis, a source confirmed to ESPN. The two players were involved in a shoving match before Mirotic was hit in the face by Portis, resulting in a fractured bone in his face, according to a source. Mirotic was hospitalized Tuesday for the injury, but has been released, according to a league source.
Breaking news out of Chicago Bulls practice, teammates Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic got into a shoving match, which escalated and led to Portis punching Mirotic in the face. Mirotic was rushed to the hospital, and suffered broken bones in his face, he is out indefinitely. This fight between teammates on the day the NBA season opens is bizarre, the Bulls are expected to be one of the league’s worst teams, and Portis and Mirotic were supposed to compete for playing time at power forward. Now Mirotic is out indefinitely, and you can be sure Portis will face serious discipline, you would think that shattering your teammate’s face would lead to a lengthy suspension. The Chicago Bulls went from a Portis and Mirotic combination at forward, to potentially neither player being on the court for quite some time, and this can not be a good omen for the 2017-2018 Chicago Bulls season.
UPDATE: We are hearing reports that both players threw punches, Portis landed one, and apparently hits harder.