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Bobby Portis apologizes for role in Nikola Mirotic fight

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was remorseful in his first public comments since injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic in a fight during practice.

Portis said he had reached out to Mirotic to apologize, issued a public apology, and ducked questions as to who the aggressor in the altercation was.

Portis was suspended eight games for his actions, though at least one report indicated that he was not the one who started it.

Report: Nikola Mirotic was aggressor in Bobby Portis altercation

More details continue to emerge in the ugly incident between Chicago Bulls teammates Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis.

Veteran basketball writer Peter Vecsey reported on Wednesday that Mirotic was the aggressor in the altercation with Portis at Bulls practice this week that left him with facial fractures and a concussion after Portis punched him.

Per Vecsey:

Mirotic initiated the skirmish. “He was the aggressor, not Portis,” I am informed. “Mirotic shoved Portis twice, maybe three times. When Portis retaliated with a hard shove, Mirotic charged him. Portis put him down.”

Mirotic will be out for a lengthy period due to the injuries he sustained. As for Portis, although he got a sizable suspension from the Bulls for the incident, this news may at least bode well for his chances of keeping his roster spot.

H/T The Big Lead

Bulls give Bobby Portis eight-game suspension for punching Nikola Mirotic

The Chicago Bulls came down hard on forward Bobby Portis for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic in a fight during practice on Tuesday.

The Bulls announced Wednesday that Portis has been suspended eight games by the team for his actions, which sent Mirotic to the hospital with a concussion and facial injuries.

Bulls general manager John Paxson said both players had acted inappropriately leading up to the fight, but Portis was the only one who threw a punch.

Mirotic is expected to miss a few weeks with the injuries he sustained in the fight. He will still likely end up missing more time than Portis, who would be eligible to return on Nov. 7 against the Toronto Raptors.

Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic hospitalized after practice fight with teammate

Nikola Mirotic was hospitalized and is out indefinitely after getting into a practice fight with his Chicago Bulls teammate Bobby Portis, according to a report.

The Vertical’s Shams Charania broke the news on Twitter Tuesday.

Charania says the altercation between the two players ended with a cheap shot to Mirotic’s face. Mirotic underwent testing and has two broken bones in his face, according to the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson. He was also evaluated for a concussion.

Mirotic, 26, has been with the Bulls the past three seasons. He has been dealing with an ankle sprain over the past week. Portis, 22, is in his third season as a reserve forward for the Bulls.

Bulls PF calls Rajon Rondo the best teammate he’s had in the NBA

Rajon Rondo

Public opinion of Rajon Rondo as a teammate has taken a dramatic nosedive these last few years, but Bobby Portis definitely doesn’t agree with that idea.

In a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls big man replied to a question about the best teammate he’s had in the NBA so far by tweeting at Rondo.

Portis and Rondo were teammates in Chicago for just one season before Rondo was waived this summer. The ex-All-Star guard has since signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, marking his fifth NBA team in less than three years.

A series of ugly public incidents have hurt the perception of Rondo in this latter stage of his career, and that was also true of his tenure with the Bulls. But through it all, Rondo has always seemed to have a strong rapport with his younger teammates, and Portis’ endorsement reaffirms as much.

Bobby Portis brings donuts for media at introductory press conference

Bobby-Portis-donuts

The Chicago Bulls officially introduced their first-round pick on Monday, and the former Arkansas star tried to make a good first impression on the local media.

Bobby Portis, who was taken by the Bulls with the 22nd overall pick in the draft, showed up to his introductory press conference with three boxes of donuts from the world famous Stan’s Donuts in Chicago.

That was a unique and classy gesture from Portis. While we don’t want to doubt that he simply did it out of the goodness of his heart, it should be noted that Portis was once critical of the Bulls when he sent this tweet several years ago. Perhaps he was hoping to avoid questions about that awkward incident.

H/T Barstool Chicago

Larry Nance, Bobby Portis might regret these old tweets about their new teams

Long before they were NBA players, Larry Nance, Bobby Portis and Frank Kaminsky were just young college basketball players. And before they were drafted by their current teams, they felt comfortable saying whatever they wanted via Twitter or elsewhere. Now they may be regretting some of their old tweets.

Take for instance Nance, who was selected by the Lakers at No. 27 overall in Thursday’s draft. Once upon a time he made this Kobe Bryant rape reference on Twitter:

Larry Nance Kobe tweet

Think he’s going to catch Kobe’s fade when he sets foot in LA?

He’ll probably get it worse than anyone given Kobe’s tendency to blow up on teammates.

Not far behind Nance is Bobby Portis, who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls at No. 22. He once said F Derrick Rose and the Bulls while pledging his allegiance to the Miami Heat:

Bobby Portis Bulls tweet

After his tweet received attention, Portis sent this:

That’s a nice way to make up for it, but the fun doesn’t end there!

In a blog post last year where he announced he would be returning to Wisconsin for his senior season, Frank Kaminsky cited Badgers fans as a big reason for his decision. He happened to take a swipe at Charlotte Bobcats fans in the process (which he later deleted).

“I know the NBA has their crazy fans and all, but if you look at all of their games, there are games when teams like the Bobcats get hardly any fans, and it looks flat out boring,” Kaminsky wrote. “At the Kohl Center, we play in front of nearly 17,000 fans every single time we step onto the court. When we travel, we play in front of sell-out crowds who absolutely hate us. Not because of who is on the team, but because of where we go to school. Who could leave that?”

And guess who took Kaminsky No. 9 overall in the draft? The Charlotte Hornets of course.

Yup, these guys probably wish they could have these quotes/tweets back.

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