Nikola Mirotic returns to Bulls practice — but avoids Bobby Portis

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:18:55 AM. Given that there’s little if any precedence for a teammate concussing and breaking another teammate’s face with a punch, Monday seemed to fall right in line.
Given that there’s little if any precedent for a player concussing and breaking a teammate’s face with a punch, Monday seemed to fall right in line. As the practiced at the Advocate Center, Nikola Mirotic first sat in the trainer’s room and then lifted weights in the background, his first time rejoining his teammates since drew an eight-game suspension for his Oct. 17 punch that caused the above damage. Portis said before practice he still hadn’t talked to Mirotic, who has told management he doesn’t want to share a locker room with Portis. “I’d react normal,” Portis said, when asked what he would do if Mirotic approached him. “I’m a normal guy. I’m a high-character guy, low-maintenance guy. I’d welcome him in with open arms.” While attempts to confirm whether the two had any post-practice contact were unsuccessful, one source said Mirotic had no such plans. Portis has apologized to Mirotic and has said he has no plans to reach out after initial attempts were rebuffed. Executive vice president said the days of allowing Mirotic to work out away from the team are over because Mirotic continues to recover and is under contract. “We weren’t going to be in a position to continuously accommodate those needs,” Paxson said of Mirotic working out after hours. “When he started to get healthy, because he’s on our roster, it’s incumbent on him to be around when the team’s around.” Asked if it’s weird that Mirotic and Portis are in the same gym and not talking, Paxson said: “They are...Read more
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