The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for eight games for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic and breaking his jaw at practice Tuesday. Mirotic was hospitalized with a concussion and facial fractures. The former Real Madrid player will be out of action for several weeks and will need to wear a protective mask when he makes his return to the game.
"Both players owned responsibility in the incident itself, but only one player threw a punch", Paxson said Wednesday at the Advocate Center. And that punch connected and for us that is inexcusable. It's not who we are. It disappoints us in terms of what happened.
"We understand where we are as an organization", vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said. He's a competitive kid, but in this instance he made a mistake.
Bulls general manager Gar Forman was at the practice and witnessed the altercation, league sources said.
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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. Rookie Lauri Markkanen will start in place of Mirotic.
Portis will serve the suspension beginning with the Bulls' season opener at Toronto on Thursday night. His first three seasons in Chicago haven't exactly been sparkling - he has averaged a modest 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds with a discreet 35% success rate in three pointers.
Chicago selected Portis with the No. 22 overall pick in 2015.