ith his season debut imminent, likely on Friday, Nikola Mirotic is positive. “I’m not angry at anyone,” Mirotic said. “I’m doing fine with myself. My family is great. There’s nothing to be angry about now. It’s all over. It’s a new beginning.” The first “it” refers, of course, to Mirotic missing his 23rd straight game Wednesday because Bobby Portis concussed him and broke two facial bones with a punch on Oct. 17. Both players have made clear they will remain professional on the court but haven’t discussed the incident off it. They did exchange fist bumps on the bench during Wednesdays game with the Pacers as Mirotic dressed for the first time this season. Like Portis, Mirotic is focused on playing. And coach Fred Hoiberg said if Mirotic navigates Thursday’s practice and Friday’s morning shootaround in Charlotte without any setbacks, the fourth-year forward will make his season debut against the Hornets on a minutes limit. The minutes limit is why the Bulls aren’t concerned about Mirotic likely starting with a back-to-back set of games. The Bulls host the Knicks on Saturday.
Nikola Mirotic looks to return Friday: 'I'm not angry at anyone'
Chicago Tribune | Dec 7