Bobby Portis’ eight-game suspension from the Chicago Bulls wasn’t enough. Not for Nikola Mirotic.
The team suspended Portis after a physical altercation with Mirotic that left the latter with a concussion and facial fracture. He is still weeks away from a return, but Portis made his season debut with the Bulls on Tuesday night in a loss to the Toronto Raptors.
And Mirotic isn’t happy about it, according to the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson:
Meanwhile, though he is free of his concussion symptoms, Nikola Mirotic remains weeks away from returning from the two facial fractures that Portis caused with a punch to the face during an Oct. 17 altercation between the forwards in practice. Mirotic remains upset enough over the disparity in time of absences that he has had little contact with teammates, and his camp has made clear to management that, for now, it doesn’t see a way the two forwards can coexist.
This is a tough dynamic to balance.