The Windy City Bulls have joined the club.
According to an official release from the organization on Wednesday, the Windy City Bulls have canceled Friday’s game against the Grand Rapids Gold due to the league’s Health and Safety Protocols. The team will also not compete in next week’s Winter Showcase, which means they will not suit up again until December 29th.
— Windy City Bulls (@windycitybulls) December 15, 2021
This news only further emphasizes how messy the Chicago Bulls outbreak has turned out to be. We know 10 players on the Bulls roster have tested positive, and the NBA also announced that “additional staff members” received the same results. Now, it’s been confirmed that these issues have trickled down into the G-League, causing enough problems to shut the team down for the next two weeks.
The fact the Windy City Bulls can not compete in the G-League Winter Showcase feels particularly disappointing. An annual event held in Las Vegas, the Winter Showcase is easily one of the best opportunities for NBA teams to scout G-League talent. While not all teams (including Windy City) will compete in the G-League Showcase Cup, which is a single-elimination tournament that takes place during the Winter Showcase, all G-League teams still participate in valuable games. For players like Ethan Thompson, Daniel Oturu, and Scottie Lindsey, this could be a missed opportunity to prove their worth to NBA teams.