Bobby Portis suspended eight games by the Bulls following Mirotic punch

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With Portis suspended and Mirotic out for a while, the Bulls now find themselves remarkably thin at the power forward and center spots to begin the season.

The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.

ESPN reported that Mirotic charged at Portis twice before Portis threw a punch and connected with Mirotic's face.

"Bobby Portis is not a bad person", Paxson said. He's a good kid, he's a competitive kid.

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NBC Sports Chicago's Vincent Goodwill added that this incident has been brewingbetween the two forwards for three years, and that for what it's worth, Mirotic was the instigator.

Bulls executive vice president John Paxson, who announced the ban, also said Mirotic, of Spanish and Montenegro citizenship, will miss four to six weeks after suffering upper jaw fractures and a concussion in Tuesday's altercation. But in this incident, he made a mistake.

Reporter Shams Charania described Portis' strike as "an alleged surprise punch"-in other words, a sucker punch". We all know when you make mistakes, we got to suffer the consequences. He will likely need surgery and is out indefinitely.

A 2015 first-round pick, Portis has averaged 6.9 points and 5 rebounds. Not that he didn't have his reasons, as Mirotic was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract from elsewhere or the Bulls. Portis will be allowed to practice with the Bulls during his suspension.

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