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COVID-19 NBA Stoppage Raises a Number of Questions Surrounding the Bulls

In a statement that shook NBA fans to their core, the NBA announced a suspension of their season due to the cornavirus.

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In a statement that shook NBA fans to their core last night, the league announced a suspension of their season due to the coronavirus.

This was a smart move by the NBA to not put any more of their players, coaches, or fans at risk, especially since two Utah Jazz players, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, have been tested positive for COVID-19. This is obviously a major health concern for all parties involved.

Taking a moment to be a bit selfish, I’m going to miss Bulls basketball.

The Chicago Bulls’ season has been a monumental disappointment but there was a glimmer of hope going into their last game. Rookie point guard Coby White got the start and made the most of it.

2019-20 Regular Season Table
Rk G Date Age Tm   Opp   GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS GmSc +/-
65652020-03-1020-023CHICLEW (+5)137:57717.41227.28645.80005550091206.1+9
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/12/2020.

Many Bulls’ fans (not all) have wanted to see Coby start for the better part of two months now. Drafted seventh overall in the 2019 NBA Draft as a point guard, head coach Jim Boylen often played him at the two, which didn’t give Coby the chance to initiate the offense. He was instead utilized as a scoring threat from the bench.

Now that we finally were able to witness his first start and playing more on the ball and creating for others, it was a breath of fresh air to see what this young man can do. Unfortunately, with the coronavirus spreading quickly and becoming a pandemic, Bulls’ fans will have to wait longer to see the young core finally get some games under their belt.

Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr., and Zach LaVine have all missed time this year due to various injuries, and when everyone started to finally recover and get back on the court, the league suspended games for the foreseeable future. This is no one’s fault and I personally agree with the choice the league made, but I hope this doesn’t turn in to internal discussion about the franchise and the moves that should be made.

With the season being suspended for the time being and the core hurt all year, all there is to do now is speculate. What would the Bulls have looked like if they were all together for an extended period of time? Does this give coach Jim Boylen a longer leash due to the unforeseen circumstances of this season? Dealing with injuries all year and now a very serious illness could cause the Bulls to reevaluate the tough decisions that lie ahead.

Now, we are faced with more questions than answers. The only thing to remain hopeful for at this point is that all the players, coaching staff, fans, and the general public stay safe and healthy as the NBA tries to navigate through COVID-19. When Bulls basketball does return? The owners and front office are going to have to act swiftly on making the right call for the franchise moving forward.


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