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Let Coby White Play and Other Bulls Bullets

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Do you know what a rainy day in Chicagoland means?

Sit inside and watch Bulls highlights all day, duh! Then, when the evening hits, you can just go ahead and watch the Bulls play the Pacers tonight at 6:00 p.m. in their third preseason game.

Sounds perfect to me.

  • The boys on the Bulls Talk podcast are talking Coby White (aren’t we all?). After his play in the first two preseason games, Will Perdue is calling for the rookie to play big minutes right away. While the general feeling is still to have Tomas Satoransky in the starting lineup, White should be right in the backup position. The guys go as far as to say White should be the team’s second primary ball-handler behind Zach LaVine … I’m here for it.

  • Perdue brings up the already solid progress we’ve seen from White thus far, and how handing some of his minutes to Dunn in the regular season could restrict his growth. I agree and have since Day 1. Sure, I think there’s a time and place to sit a rookie, but now’s not one of those times. When you draft a guy No. 7-overall (and he fits this well into your ideal offensive gameplan), he needs to be on the court. I wrote about this during the offseason, but it’s rather unusual for a lottery-picked rookie point guard to not get around 20mins per game. Let White learn on the court.
  • The question is also posed whether playing Dunn gives the team a better chance at making the playoffs than handing White 18-20mins a game. My answer: NO. Moving on.
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  • The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry let us all know why each Bulls player wears their specific number. A very fun read, definitely check it out.
  • Thaddeus Young will be back in Indianapolis tomorrow, and you can imagine he’ll get a warm welcome. The big man only spent three seasons with the team, but it didn’t take long for him to become a fan favorite. K.C. Johnson talks about his return and why he left Indiana in the first place.

  • A good reminder: This is, technically, a contract year for Otto Porter. The wing player has a player option he can pick up for $28 million after this season, and while that may seem obvious, we saw a couple of similar players decline that kind of money to ensure longer-term deals (i.e. Harrison Barnes). Bleacher Report put out a prediction for how the top 2020 free agents and Porter makes the list at No. 5. They’re predicting 14.6 points per game with 46 percent from the field and 44 percent from three. Um, yeah, I like that.
  • Do you think Coby White has watched any Derrick Rose film?

  • Also, for all you folks complaining about this comparison, no one is saying White’s the next Rose. Calm down.
  • Here’s Zach LaVine scoring all of his 28 points against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Watch on repeat.

  • LaVine spoke with ESPN about what he needs to do to become an All-Star. “I think I’m a little underrated, but who’s going to be looking at a 22-win team obviously, so I think the national media coverage is a little bit slacking on that.” Winning is everything, but he’s also not wrong. The guy probably deserves a little more respect.


  • We’ll have to watch and see if these two can keep it up, but Tomas Satoransky and Luke Kornet appeared to do enough on Wednesday to solidify their roles in the Bulls rotation.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.