October 31, 2017, 7:36 am
Bulls’ forward Nikola Mirotic has decided not to have surgery to repair the broken bones in his face, VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson told Chicago’s WBBM-AM 780.
Mirotic suffered several broken bones as well as a concussion when he got into a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice on October 17th. The Bulls had said he would likely need surgery and miss four to six weeks but because of the concussion, Mirotic did not have the operation right away. Paxson explained that the bones have started to heal so it’s “best” not to undergo surgery. Mirotic will resume light activity on Tuesday and even though he has cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol he is still a long way from returning to the court.
Update: Fred Hoiberg said that the timeline remains the same even though there will be no surgery. It’s been 2 weeks already which means another 2 to 4 weeks.