The Bulls’ Bobby Portis punching teammate Nikola Mirotic in the face, aka “The Fracas in Practice,” did not escape the notice of “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, who’s taping the Comedy Central program in Chicago this week.
Noah suggested on Wednesday’s show the Bulls can use it to their advantage.
Speaking of being wowed by the city as a visitor but struck by how downbeat Chicagoans were (at least before the Cubs’ Game 4 playoff victory against the Dodgers) because of their sports teams, Noah cited a downbeat fan who supposedly said it felt like Chicago teams can’t beat anyone.
“And the good news is,” Noah said, “that’s not true.”
That teed up clips of news reports on Portis breaking bones in Mirotic’s face during a practice altercation.
“When will it end people? Another case of Bull on Bull violence,” Noah cracked. “You know, I will say this, Chicago, instead of seeing this as a negative, you guys should use this to your advantage because right now your team looks crazy.
“Think about it. It like you stabbed someone on your first day of prison. That’s what this is. If I was on another NBA team, I would be terrified of the Chicago Bulls right now.
“A team that punches itself? Next time they’re on the court, they can just walk up to the opposing team, be like, ‘Yo, give me the ball.’ And the teammate (holding his face) will be just like: ‘You better listen, man, he’s crazy! Just do what he says! He’s crazy!'”