Bulls’ Bobby Portis Breaks Teammate’s Face With Sucker Punch During Fight In Practice

Bryan Brandom
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The Chicago Bulls also sent a player to the hospital with broken bones on the NBA’s opening night.

But they didn’t have a game.

The Bulls will be horrendous this year, desperate for someone, anyone, to be able to knock down a shot. They likely won’t find that, but they do have someone willing and able to knock down their own teammate.

With a sucker punch.

Power forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis reportedly scuffled in practice, until Portis ended things with a cheap shot punch to the face that sent Mirotic to the hospital.

Reporter Shams Charania described Portis’ strike as “an alleged surprise punch”—in other words, a sucker punch.

On second thought, we probably should have seen this coming.

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 terrible thanks to a series of bewildering trades ostensibly designed to rebuild the franchise that instead yielded startlingly unimpressive hauls.

Without the floor-spacing big man, they’ll somehow be even worse.