Bulls' Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 31, 2017 09:01 AM
Bulls' Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures
Chicago Bulls' Nikola Mirotic drives in for a lay up against Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has decided not to have surgery to repair the broken bones in his face.

Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson tells Chicago's WBBM-AM 780 that Mirotic decided to let the fractures heal on their own. Mirotic suffered several broken bones as well as a concussion when he got into a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Oct. 17 (Oct. 18, PHL time).

The Bulls had said he would likely need surgery and miss four to six weeks. Because of the concussion, Mirotic, who was born in Montenegro, did not have the operation right away. Paxson says the bones have started to heal so it's "best" not to undergo surgery.

He also says Mirotic will resume light activity on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).

Portis was suspended eight games.

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