When training camp begins in less than a week, the Chicago Bulls will have at least one player on the sideline: Coby White.
The 2020 lottery pick suffered a torn labrum early this offseason while engaging in a workout away from the team. Soon after that, White had surgery, and the franchise announced that he would be re-evaluated in October.
Less than a week, White told Uproxx’s Bill Difilippo that his recovery has been moving along smoothly. And today, NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson has reported the same, even sharing a more specific potential timeline (bolded emphasis mine):
“Officially, the team has said White will be re-evaluated in October. It’s clear he has been rehabilitating and working out at the Advocate Center after offseason shoulder surgery,” Johnson wrote in his latest mailbag. I’ve heard he’s dribbling too, and, as of now, the hopeful projection is a mid-November return. That’s fluid, of course.
Mid-November is better than December!
White’s injury typically comes with a 4-6 month recovery, which means the backend would not have put him on the floor until the last month of 2021. Also, considering this injury happened prior to the season, I don’t think anyone would be shocked to see the organization take an extra cautious approach. With White expected to move back into the second unit, and plenty of games still left to be played, there is no need to rush him onto the court until he is truly 100 percent.
Although, I guess White has shown enough positive signs to avoid a six-month hiatus. While the team will not be as reliant on him this season, he still projects to be a vital part of the rotation. The Bulls bench is absent of proven players on the offensive end, so the sooner White returns to the court, the better.
For more recent news on White, check these posts out:
Coby White Sees Plenty of Learning Opportunities on the Bulls Revamped Rosterhttps://t.co/gRjQYzBB3v
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) September 17, 2021
Coby White sounds like he is on the right track. https://t.co/Y5BhYBSoR7
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) September 18, 2021