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Coby White lays in 2 of his 20 points during his first NBA start. Photo from chicagobulls.com

It is a dark time in the NBA.

A mysterious airborne virus, Covid-19, has devastated the planet and paralyzed the

United States. All sports have been canceled. All crowds asked to disperse. All toilet paper

sold out.

Led by plucky rookie COBY WHITE, the Chicago Bulls were finally beginning to look like

a professional basketball team. Now, with the season in shambles and no games on the

horizon, it’s time the Bulls turn their attention to the next challenge in their ongoing

rebuild:

The 7th seed of the 2020 NBA DRAFT….

The Look Back:

The Bulls were 1-1 last week, losing a Sunday matinee to the Brooklyn Nets (110-107), and beating the Cleveland Cavaliers (108-103) on Tuesday. Tuesday’s win against Cleveland was particularly notable, because it was the first start of Coby White’s young career. He put up 20 points with 5 assists and 5 rebounds, good stuff. He also turned the ball over 9 times, which is pretty uncharacteristic of him so I’m chalking it up to nerves.

After the Tuesday game, the NBA suspended the season due to concerns over the Corona Virus. As of the writing of this post, 3 NBA players are known to have contracted the virus, and it’s possible that more have it as well. With the pandemic ramping up in the U.S. NBA officials decided to cut their losses and suspend the rest of the season. No reason to endanger the public, the athletes, and all the arena staff over a goofy game.

MVP of Week 21: Coby White (4)

Coby had another solid week. In addition to his stat line against the Cavs, Coby put up 21 points with 8 assists and 6 rebounds (0 turnovers) against the Nets last Sunday. “Just Coby doing Coby things.” As Stacey King likes to say. He still has work to do when it comes to some of the nuance of NBA basketball, but you can see he is getting more comfortable on the court, and he believes he belongs in the league. His confidence continues to grow, and he has taken the development step I hoped he would take this season; He went from a streaky bench scorer, to a confident and reliable starter, replacing Tomas Satoransky in the lineup. Coby earned his position as a starter, and that’s the best thing to come out of this waste of a season.

The Look Ahead:

It’s going to be an interesting few weeks without NBA basketball. With the league suspended indefinitely, there is no telling what the future holds. Will the league just end the season, no playoffs or Finals? Or will they just play the playoffs, maybe in a shortened format? Who knows? We could have a season without a champion. I hope the NBA is at least able to get some sort of playoff basketball in the books, and crown a champion, but even if they do that, for teams like the Bulls on the outside looking in, they’ve played their last game of the season. And for a player like Vince Carter, who is finally hanging up the sneakers after 21 years in the NBA, it’s a very anti-climatic end to an incredible career. Hopefully, the league will find a way to appropriately honor Carter’s career.

As for this blog, I have a ton of NCAA basketball games recorded that I plan on combing through. It’s time to start looking for the next great Bull. I think it’s the most happy coincidence in the world that the season is suspended with the Bulls sitting with the 7th worst record in the NBA. This could be the 4th year in a row that the Bulls pick 7th overall in the draft! Exciting.

Until they do, thanks for reading, stay healthy, and GO BULLS!