Bulls’ fans… your positive energy is showing.
The Chicago Bulls walked out of last nights draft with their point guard of the future. Over the next several days, well, several months really, we will continue to unpack what Coby White brings to the table and how quickly he can adjust into the player the Bulls want and need. However, for now, we still have plenty to talk about.
The latest from K.C. Johnson does a great job at plucking out all the right quotes from last night’s press conferences with White. Speaking of which, White had this to say about new Bulls head coach Jim Boylen: “It was the best individual meeting I had with a coach. I love a coach that’s going to push you to your limits and wants the team to be the best it can be but also wants you to be the best you can be.”
I know you’re not going to straight up bash your new head coach (wouldn’t be a great way to earn a starting spot) but that’s still pretty reassuring to hear.
White even gives us a bit of a look at what the meeting was like between the two, saying Boylen came prepared with film to discuss what aspects of his game will translate into the NBA and what he will need to work on. The “hands-on approach” specifically stood out to White and he made sure to say Boylen is “his type of coach.”
Considering a guy like White feels as though he would operate under the former Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg system much better, it’s nice to hear him talk so highly of the Bulls new coaching situation.
Boylen certainly plays a more “gritty” and “half-court” style of basketball then what White may be accustomed to, but maybe having a natural speedster and transition point guard will help push Boylen into a more modern style of basketball. I strongly believe for this Bulls rebuild to come out safely on the other end under Boylen, he will have to adapt to his team just as much as his team has had to adapt to him.
Honestly, we are already seeing that become a little bit more of a priority for the Bulls organization thanks to the hiring of lead assistant coach Chris Fleming earlier this offseason. Fleming brings a bit more to the offensive side of the ball, rather then Boylen preferred method of getting the ball into the post. A knack for quick ball movement and spacing the floor, Fleming will certainly help develop this young Bulls offense. You can see his offensive mindset rub off on what the Brooklyn Nets were able to do last season.
Johnson talked further about where White fits into this change of pace in another article he published today.
Anyway, as I said, there is a lot of good material condensed down in this article by Johnson, so go give the full piece a read to catch up on everything that happened last night.