After Bulls forward Bobby Portis punched his teammate and likely starting power-forward - Nikola Mirotic in the face in a mid-practice scuffle on Tuesday, the team announced on Wednesday that Portis will be suspended for eight games. Mirotic charged at Portis twice before Portis threw a punch and connected with Mirotic's face, according to the report. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that Mirotic may miss a few weeks over the incident. While unable to play, Portis will be able to continue practicing with the team. He's a good kid, he's a competitive kid. Mirotic has to wait until concussion symptoms subside before doctors can perform any surgery, so the four-to-six-week timetable could change. But in this instance, he made a mistake.
Bulls general manager Gar Forman was at the practice and witnessed the altercation, league sources said. They say they are "evaluating disciplinary action" after Tuesday's 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. Portis will be eligible to return for the Bulls' ninth game of the season, which is coincidentally also at Toronto on November 7.
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Portis, also a forward, averaged 6.8 points for Chicago last season. Not that he didn't have his reasons, as Mirotic was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract from elsewhere or the Bulls.