Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic was scheduled to return some time after the All Star break. Things were running smoothly for the Bulls’ small forward/power forward, however, Mirotic has been experiencing some pain for some time now, not to mention he lost 15 pounds after his hematoma surgery. By being in pain, and losing weight after the surgery, it seems as though Mirotic’s return to the floor is going to be delayed until further notice.
Mirotic Still Have High Hopes For His Return
Mirotic's first surgery was an appendectomy surgery at Rush University Medical Center, where he had to get his appendix removed. After the day of his surgery, Mirotic went to social media and posted a photo of him lying in the hospital saying “Thanks for all your strong support and reaching out with positivity, prayers and love. Surgery went well yesterday.” A few days later, it was reported that Mirotic stayed in the hospital for another surgery to remove a collection of blood called hematoma. While addressing Mirotic’s setback, Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg stated that “It’s still too early to tell…we’ll have a better idea once Niko is out the hospital and just gradually have to get his strength back.” Earlier today, the news broke out that Mirotic is suffering from a lot of pain since the surgery.
Bulls’ reporter K.C. Johnson reported via Twitter that Hoiberg said that Mirotic gets his stitches out today, but is 'still in a lot of pain'. There’s no telling when Mirotic will be back. Johnson has also posted Hoiberg’s quote about Mirotic getting his stitches out is all the people should know about his timeframe “That will hopefully get him upright.”
Prior to his appendectomy, Mirotic’s last game was against the Miami Heat which was the last home game before the 7-game road trip started. Mirotic has averaged 10.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, and 1.4 ast per game this season. Although he has admitted that he has lost confidence this season, there is no doubt that he is going to continue to work hard when he is healthy. He will definitely be needed when he returns to court from this setback.
A date for his return will be determined as he continues his rehabilitation.