So, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis should get to work, defuse further drama, avoid at all costs any more confrontations and help the Chicago Bulls achieve …
Mirotic, Chicago’s fourth-year stretch big, spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since being punched by teammate Bobby Portis Oct.
Portis apologized publicly one week after the skirmish on the practice floor mere days before the Bulls’ season opener.
After telling reporters Wednesday that he accepted Portis’ up-and-over-the-transom apology, Mirotic was asked if Portis knew that.
“That’s something a lot of people have encountered in the league,” Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez told reporters Monday as Mirotic prepped for his first full practice since the smackdown.
A little sibling-like rivalry might do the 3-16 Bulls some good as Mirotic’s return to game action next week or soon thereafter approaches.
Said Mirotic: “I just know that right now the only goal Bulls’ goal and my goal is to make me get back with the team and practice together and get my strength back and as soon as I can, play with the team.” Mirotic’s layoff and Portis’ suspension cleared the way for rookie Lauri Markkanen to start at power forward.
He shrugged off the report soon after in one Chicago newspaper that claimed he and his representatives gave the Bulls management an ultimatum that he or Portis be traded.
Finding playing time for five big men Mirotic, Portis, Markkanen, Lopez and reserve center Cristiano Felicio won’t be easy.