Portis banned for eight games after fight with Bulls team-mate Mirotic

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Power forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis reportedly scuffled in practice, until Portis ended things with a cheap shot punch to the face that sent Mirotic to the hospital.

Mirotic will likely have to undergo surgery and miss four-to-six weeks. The Spain global squared up to Portis, his direct rival for the power forward position but came off worst in the ensuing brawl, Shams Charania reported for The Vertical.

On Tuesday evening, a source told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune that Mirotic is now home with two broken bones in his face and was checked for a possible concussion. "He's a good kid".

Portis, entering his third season in the NBA since being taken in the first round by Chicago in the 2015 NBA Draft, received an eight-game suspension from Chicago, which announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon.

Despite the reports about Portis' punch, Paxson also disputed that the punch that struck Mirotic was not a "sucker punch".

Paxson said that the Bulls got counsel from the league on how to handle the situation.

Just hours before the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season was set to begin Tuesday night, reports began circulating of a nasty altercation between Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis at practice.

Last year, the 26-year-old played in 70 games and made 15 starts, posting 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. He signed a two-year deal with $12.5 million guaranteed to stay with the Bulls.

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