This past NBA offseason has to be the most insane in history by a mile. We had everything from star player trade requests, franchise stars moving teams in free agency, a former MVP using alternate Twitter accounts to back himself up in debates, and now to top it all off, two players from the same team getting into a fistfight that resulted in one of them having to go to hospital.
Yep, you read that right, Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic reportedly got into a heated confrontation with Chicago teammate Bobby Portis during the Bulls’ last training session before the start of the season. Push led to shove, shove led to push, and Portis ended up swinging at Mirotic’s face, and evidently connected.
Sources: Portis, Mirotic were getting verbal, physical and escalated into punches. Portis connected, Mirotic stayed down several minutes.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 17, 2017
The Montenegrin-Spaniard was floored by Portis’ fists and had to be taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with two broken bones in his face, and a concussion. The news gets even worse, as Mirotic isn’t expected to make the Bulls season-opener against Toronto, being ruled out indefinitely until circumstances change.
This definitely isn’t the news Chicago fans were hoping to hear before the start of the season, with one of their best perimeter shooters out for the foreseeable future and a young asset in the form of Portis having a dark cloud hanging over his head regarding his future.
Whether the Bulls take disiplinary action against Portis is yet to be seen, but it’s to be expected.