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Bobby Portis suspended 8 games for punching Bulls teammate Nikola Mirotic

NBA Preseason New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls Bobby Portis suspended 8 games for punching Bulls teammate Nikola Mirotic
Alejandro Castrejon | Octubre 19, 2017, 01:39

Bulls forward Bobby Portis has been suspended eight games after punching teammate and fellow forward Nikola Mirotic, the team announced on Thursday (AEDT). Most likely, surgery will be required to fix the damage, and Mirotic will be out indefinetely.

Portis' ban begins Wednesday, when the team begins its regular season in Toronto against the Raptors.

The Chicago Bulls suffered a pair of key losses before the season even began.

He averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a rookie and followed up with 6.8 points and 4.6 boards a night in 2016-17. Mirotic. Yes, Mirotic was lifting in the weight room, but as far as playing basketball with his teammates, well, he was basically a no-show.

"Both players owned responsibility for the incident, but only one player threw a punch".

Meanwhile, a little research shows that Mirotic should probably be out about a month and a half, according to Medscape. Portis will practice with the team during his suspension.

He possibly will have to wear a mask upon that return.

"Bobby Portis is not a bad person", Paxson added. "And as we all know when you make mistakes, you have to suffer the consequences". "He's a good kid".

The players had been talking trash to one another in practice, going back and forth before those exchanges escalated into a physical encounter, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He's a competitive kid, but in this instance he made a mistake. He signed a two-year deal with $12.5 million guaranteed this season to stay in Chicago. While his scoring was slightly down in his second season, he was more efficient at 48.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.7 percent in his first campaign.