Former Arkansas standout Bobby Portis gets significant suspension from Bulls

Ross Houston
October 18, 2017

Take one look at National Basketball Association forward Bobby Portis and it's evident that you shouldn't test him.

Update: Bulls forward Bobby Portis has been suspended for eight games by the Chicago Bulls after his altercation with teammate Nikola Mirotic, the team announced.

Portis will be allowed to practice with the team during his suspension, though he won't be eligible to play again until the Bulls visit the Raptors on November 8.

Before the incident, Mirotic was likely to be the Bulls' leading scorer in 2017-18, not because the career 10.8 points-per-game scorer was ready to elevate his game, but because the Bulls are that awful thanks to a series of bewildering trades ostensibly created to rebuild the franchise that instead yielded startlingly unimpressive hauls. Johnson is also reporting that Mirotic will miss four to six weeks with two maxillary fractures in his face. He's a good kid, he's a competitive kid. Mirotic charged at Portis twice before Portis threw a punch and connected with Mirotic's face, league sources said. Mirotic was hospitalized after the incident. Rookie Lauri Markkanen will start in place of Mirotic. He finally prolonged his time with the Bulls, signing a two-year contract worth 27 million dollars.

Portis, 22, averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, and was battling Mirotic for the team's starting power forward spot. 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.

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