More Cancellations, Hoiberg is Healthy, an Unknown Future, and Other Bulls Bullets

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More Cancellations, Hoiberg is Healthy, an Unknown Future, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Anyone else still shaken up from last night? Wow.

  • Welcome to the unknown. We have some snacks on the table, the bathroom’s around the corner, and hand sanitizer can be located every five feet. The past several hours have been rather surreal in the sports world. We’ve truly entered uncharted waters when the NBA decided to suspend its season last night. The league has provided no information on a projected timetable to resume activities, and if you ask me, I don’t expect one any time soon. With that said, the Board of Governors will have a call later this afternoon, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

  • It’s hard to imagine they’ll reach any concrete conclusions one day after last night’s unprecedented events, but I guess anything is possible.
  • In other basketball news, practically all college tournaments were canceled earlier this morning. The Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Big 12, PAC-12, MAC, American, Atlantic 10, and several other conferences all took the immediate step to shut down their men’s basketball tournaments.
  • As for the Big East, the Creighton-St. John’s game went on as planned … which was super weird. But during halftime of that game, the conference finally announced it would cancel the tournament.

  • For updates across the sports world, I recommend keeping up with The Athletic’s running post.
  • In the Big Ten, there were extreme concerns about the health of former Bulls and current Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Coach Fred Hoiberg. During Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament game against Indiana, Hoiberg appeared noticeably ill. The head coach eventually left the game early and went to a local hospital. Panic began to set in that college basketball was about to have an eerily similar situation to what the NBA saw last night.
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  • Fortunately, Hoiberg tested negative for COVID-19, and he released the following statement this morning:

 

  • Had there not been a suspension of NBA action, the Chicago Bulls would be preparing to take on the Orlando Magic tonight. Now, they’re on a flight back to Chicago with no clear idea of where their season stands. It’s unclear if the league would try to resume any regular-season games played this season or jump straight to the playoffs (if at all).
  • Some thoughts from Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald:

  • The NBA informed teams that they can practice during this hiatus. I’m sure we’ll get some inkling of what the Bulls plan to do over the next few days, but it’s possible they may have no need to practice.
  • Is it worth playing the 17 games remaining in this regular season? I know there are some squads in the playoff hunt, but if the NBA resumes at all, starting with the playoffs might be the best option. Hey, at least Coby White got his start, right?
  • The Utah Jazz announced earlier this morning that All-Star Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for COVID-19.

  • As of now though, he seems to be the only other player on the Jazz with the sickness.
  • Major League Soccer moved forward with a suspension of their own.

  • The WNBA isn’t currently in season, but they did release a statement saying they are preparing to take the necessary precautions.

  • Just watch this on repeat, folks.



Author: Elias Schuster

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