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.
Sources: Bulls star Zach LaVine is expected to miss minimum of 10 days in health and safety protocols, unless he records two negative tests in 24-hour period.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 12, 2021
Troy Brown Jr. has entered protocols as well, per source. Bulls will have 9 players in protocols.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 12, 2021
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.
Bulls had 11 players available vs. Heat last night. With Zach LaVine and Troy Brown Jr., they're down to nine (as of this exact moment) — with nine in protocols and Patrick Williams injured
League minimum to field a team is eight. Next scheduled game is home vs. Pistons on Tues
— Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) December 12, 2021
At least Vooch is right.
Well at least we’ll have herd immunity for the rest of the season… https://t.co/XrmBH0OMxW
— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) December 12, 2021