NBA players often have to deal with the question of having surgery or not, usually on a knee or ankle or back. While there are plenty of injuries where the course of treatment is clear cut, there are times when it’s a matter of personal or organizational preference. Rarely does that choice extend to facial fractures, but it did for Nikola Mirotic — who suffered a facial fracture after a punch in practice from teammate Bobby Portis — and he decided not to have surgery, John Paxson told WBBM Newsradio’s George Ofman. Mirotic has cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol but is a long way from returning to the court. Bobby Portis, who was given an eight-game suspension by the team, can return Nov. 8 against Toronto. Mirotic has said he is open to a trade, and it would be a challenging locker room for the Bulls to have both Portis and Mirotic in it when the European returns down the line.
Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic will not have surgery on facial fractures
Pro Basketball Talk | Oct 31