Nikola Mirotic accepts Bobby Portis’ apology: ‘So far we’re doing good’
Nikola Mirotic on Wednesday spoke publicly for the first time since suffering facial fractures and a concussion in a fight during an Oct. 17 practice with Chicago Bulls teammate Bobby Portis. Mirotic revealed during his time with reporters he has accepted Portis’ apology.
“I guess he will know now,” Mirotic said if Portis was aware of the accepted apology, via the Chicago Tribune.
While it’s been a chaotic situation fraught with reports of trade demands and the like, Mirotic stressed he hopes to move forward in a professional manner.
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“I’ve been playing this game nine years professionally. I was always a good teammate, always professional to everybody, and I’m going to continue to do that,” Mirotic said. “If I’m here, it’s because I want to support the team. He’s a part of the team. I’m going to support him too. Obviously, I’m going to give him hands like he’s going to give me hands too.”
The “give him hands” mention is in reference to a fist bump Mirotic gave Portis as he left the court during Tuesday’s game, the first time Mirotic has attended a Bulls game since the fight.
Mirotic, who has yet to play this season due to his injuries, mentioned the two have been competing in practice this week without incident.
“Bobby and me and all the team is doing what we’re supposed to do, being professional,” Mirotic said. “I think so far we’re doing good. We’re in a good way.’’
Mirotic declined to weigh in on what he thought of the Bulls suspending Portis for only eight games. He did respond, however, to a question about whether or not he still wants to be traded, which was reported to be the case last month.
“I don’t know about it. I just know that right now the only goal — Bulls’ goal and my goal — is to make me get back with the team and practice together and get my strength back and as soon as I can, play with the team,” Mirotic said. “I’m really excited to be back … and everybody is trying to help me feel comfortable.”