Nikola Mirotic not angry ahead of season debut

Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic (44) reacts during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Chicago defeats Brooklyn 112-73. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Bulls are likely to have forward Nikola Mirotic back for Friday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. It will be the season debut for Mirotic, who has been on the mend following a facial fracture he suffered at the hands of teammate Bobby Portis prior to the start of the season. Despite the fact the two men will be sharing the same uniform, Mirotic just seems happy to be getting back to basketball.

“I’m not angry at anyone,” Mirotic said via the Chicago Tribune . “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.”

Portis has gotten off to a strong start to his season after being suspended following the incident. Coming into play on Wednesday, he was averaging 12 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in the 13 contests he has appeared.

Getting back Portis and Mirotic is a step in the right direction for a Bulls team that has gotten off to a 3-19 start to the season. Prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Pacers, the team rattled off nine losses in a row.

No matter the record, Mirotic is excited to be back on the floor.

“I’m very excited. I put all that work in during the summer without playing for the (Spanish) national team. It has been a long time since I played games. I played preseason but it’s not the same competition. It’s not going to be easy in the beginning. But I’m going to do my best and I’m sure my teammates will support me and hopefully the fans too.”

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