Bulls' Bobby Portis suspended for hitting teammate Nikola Mirotic

Bobby Portis

In case you missed it, Bobby Portis was suspended for eight games for punching Nikola Mirotic, leaving him with a concussion and facial fractures. "That punch connected, and for us, that is inexcusable".

"I'm very disappointed in what happened".

"We understand where we are as an organization", vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said. "He's a good kid, but he made a mistake". "And as we all know when you make mistakes, you have to suffer the consequences".

"There's altercations a lot of times, but the result of Niko's injuries are why we've taken the position that we have".

Wojnarowski reported that Bulls GM Gar Foreman was at practice and witnessed the incident.

Portis will be allowed to practice with the team during his suspension, though he won't be eligible to play again until the Bulls visit the Raptors on November 7.

Portis, 22, a 2015 first-round pick by the Bulls, averaged 6.9 points and five rebounds over 126 games the past two seasons. A restricted free agent, he signed a two-year contract that could pay as much as $27 million in September.

More details continue to emerge in the ugly incident between Chicago Bulls teammates Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis.

He and Mirotic are expected to play key roles for a franchise looking to bounce back from a disappointing first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Boston Celtics, who erased a 2-0 deficit and won four straight to eliminate the Bulls.

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