The Bulls have finally listened to the outcry of the entire universe and are putting Coby White into the starting lineup in this disappointing 2019-2020 Bulls campaign.
White has been one of the very few bright spots on this Bulls roster this season and deserves every shot at gaining the experience needed to be a foundation piece of this team for the future. Since the All-Star break, White has averaged 25.2 points and 4.2 assists per game. He was also named the NBA’s Rookie player of the month for February.
If that is not a enough to give a rookie a shot as a starter on an under performing team, I don’t know what is. White will be replacing Tomas Satoransky in the starting lineup on Tuesday night at the United Center against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coach Jim Boylen spoke on Monday morning after the teams’ practice about Whites debut into the starting lineup Tuesday night:
"Well, I think the biggest thing is this is the next stage in his development. He’s earned this opportunity. He’s grown into this opportunity. And we’ll take it a game at a time and we’ll coach him the same way we’ve been coaching him. I’m excited for him."
- Jim Boylen on his decision to start Coby White
"He started off as a guy that was off-the-ball [at the start of the season], we gravitated him more to the ball, and now he’s going to be on the ball more with that first group. I think the progression has been good, it’s been good."
- Jim Boylen's additional comments regarding Coby White
With White finally getting an opportunity to play with the first unit, this is going to show whether he can handle the role of being a starter in this league. His improvement not only offensively, but defensively this season, is bringing a lot of optimism on what he can develop into. White commented on the opportunity this morning:
"I honestly didn’t think I would be starting, you know. Like I said, Coach never put the idea out there, we never really talked about it so I was comfortable without starting, you know. I’m excited to start but I was also comfortable not starting."
- Coby White on getting the starting nod
"I feel like I came a long way [defensively] both on the ball and off the ball, I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve gotten better at it over the course of the season. I’m just gonna continue to keep getting better and continue to keep grinding on defense."
- Coby White on his defensive improvement
The Bulls take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at home tonight. The game will be broadcast, as usual, on NBC Sports Chicago and tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CDT.