Bulls' Bobby Portis suspended for 8 games after altercation with Nikola Mirotić

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In case you missed it, Bobby Portis was suspended for eight games for punching Nikola Mirotic, leaving him with a concussion and facial fractures. The Vertical's Shams Charania reported Mirotic was hospitalized in the aftermath after an "alleged surprise punch from Portis" to his face. Mirotic is expected to be out 4-6 weeks, Bulls president John Paxson said.

Mirotic was taken to the hospital and released later Tuesday, sources said.

"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". It's not who we are.

"I'm very disappointed in what happened".

"Bobby Portis is not a bad person. He's a good kid, but he made a mistake".

There's not really much precedent as far as suspensions for misconduct on the practice court go, but when you consider that Latrell Sprewell once got 68 games for choking head coach P.J. Carlesimo at practice (in a much different era of the NBA), maybe Portis got off easy here.

It's the latest episode in what has been a frustrating start to the season for Mirotic, who spent the whole summer waiting for news on his future.

There was already a dearth of talent on this Bulls roster, but now both Portis and Mirotic are out of commission to start the season after this incident. 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.

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