Just Insane: Zach LaVine and Troy Brown Jr. Make NINE Bulls Players in COVID Protocols

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Just Insane: Zach LaVine and Troy Brown Jr. Make NINE Bulls Players in COVID Protocols

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How the hell can this team be expected to play anymore?

Zach LaVine and Troy Brown Jr. have joined Coby White, Javonte Green, DeMar DeRozan, Matt Thomas, Ayo Dosunmu, Derrick Jones Jr, And Stanley Johnson in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. This means NINE players are now in quarantine, officially removing the roster of its two leading scorers and a majority of its rotation players.

Add in the fact that color announcers Stacey King and Bill Wennington have also ended up in protocols along with ESPN reporter Jamal Collier, and it’s abundantly clear there is a massive outbreak happening around this team. One that must spur action from the NBA.

Sure, the NBA says a team needs a minimum of eight players to play, which the Bulls technically still have, but asking them to compete under these circumstances is unfair and arguably reckless. The team is not only continuing to spread it among themselves, but the more they hit the road the more they potentially spread it to other teams.

The good news is each player is fully vaccinated and seems to be feeling okay in protocols. Several have even reportedly been asymptomatic, according to Donovan. However, a positive test is a positive test, and the NBA says that player must be sidelined for 10 days or until registering two negative PCR tests in 24 hours. So, without some sort of postponement by the NBA, the Bulls are being asked to play at one of the most significant competitive disadvantages in the league. Everyone has injuries, but not everyone has NINE players gone.

At least Vooch is right.

Author: Elias Schuster

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