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Coby White’s early Summer League performance a mixed bag as he adjusts to NBA shooting

Coby White’s early Summer League performance a mixed bag as he adjusts to NBA shooting

LAS VEGAS — The early returns of Coby White’s Summer League performance have been as they are for most young point guards—some tantalizing flashes, a lot of growing pains.

White, the Bulls’ No. 7 overall pick in last month’s draft, has impressed with his speed and court vision. His shooting has been another story — in Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he scored 15 points on 16 shots, following up Friday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers in which he scored 17 points on 18 shots.

White has shot 0-for-11 from three-point range in the two games, after shooting a respectable 35.3 percent from deep in his freshman season at North Carolina.

“I was shooting it the same as I was in college,” White said Sunday evening. “I just can't get anything to fall right now.”

White won’t be expected to start from day one on a Bulls team that has aspirations of making the postseason again after two years in the lottery. The team officially signed Tomas Satoransky to a three-year, $30 million deal on Sunday, as well as re-signing backup point guard Ryan Arcidiacono to a three-year, $9 million contract. Kris Dunn, one of the centerpieces of 2017’s Jimmy Butler trade, is still on the roster after a disappointing first two seasons in Chicago. He could be moved by the start of training camp; even if he is, there will be stiff competition for White to earn minutes early on.

His shot starting to fall will help his case significantly.

“I think it’s an adjustment,” said Nate Loenser, the head coach of the Bulls’ Summer League team. “You cannot get too caught up in it yet. The shot looks good for the most part. Shot selection, I know coach [Jim] Boylen is watching film with him a lot, so obviously he wants to do well, he wants to take shots. I thought he took good shots Friday. There are always going to be a few that are going to be questionable, but we want him to be aggressive. So you can’t underestimate the first two [games] here. You are playing a different ball, different line, just a  different situation,, He’s got a good-looking shot. He can knock down shots.I think that is going to come with more and more reps.”

The Bulls envision White helping to guide the team as it looks to play more uptempo next season than it did in 2018-19. He looked out-of-control at times on Sunday, turning the ball over seven times to go along with his poor shooting performance.

White insists that recklessness is not a side effect of the change of pace from the college game to the pro game.

“I think it’s just the fact I always play fast and always play up-tempo,” White said. “I don’t think the change of speed will affect me. I just made some poor decisions. “

That’s what Summer League is for — for young players to feel out the next level of competition and work through their mistakes in a relatively low-stakes environment. The Bulls have big plans for White, but he has a lot of work to do before he gets there.

“I'm still trying to become a better decision-maker on the court,” White said. “I'm trying to become a better point guard. So it's all about continuing to learn and get better.”

Report: Bulls to hire Damian Cotter as Windy City head coach

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Report: Bulls to hire Damian Cotter as Windy City head coach

The Windy City Bulls are expected to name Damian Cotter their head coach, according to 2 Ways & 10 Days' Adam Johnson.

The Bulls were in search of a replacement for Charlie Henry, who took an assistant coaching role at Alabama University in April after two seasons with Windy City.

Cotter spent last season as an assistant with the Capital City Go-Go, the Washington Wizards' G-League affiliate. In 2018, Cotter was an assistant for the Long Island Nets, the Brooklyn Nets' G-League affiliate. Cotter, an Australian native, has also coached the NBL's Sydney Kings both as an assistant (2013-14) and head coach (2014-15). He has also coached U-19 men's and women's teams in Australia.

Coaching turnover isn't rare in the G-League, and Windy City is no exception. Cotter will become the team's third different head coach in four seasons since the team was founded in 2016. Nate Loenser, now an assistant under Jim Boylen and the coach of the Bulls' 2019 Summer League team, was Windy City's inaugural head coach.

Windy City enjoyed their first winning season in 2019, going 27-23 under Henry and bowing out in the first round of the postseason to the Westchester Knicks.

Myriad injuries to the NBA's Bulls meant that a half dozen Windy City alums saw time on the United Center floor at the end of last season. Those players included Walt Lemon, Jakarr Sampson, Brandon Sampson, Ryan Arcidiacono, Rawle Alkins and Cristiano Felicio.

 

Former Bull Bobby Portis calls out NBA 2K for his appearance

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Former Bull Bobby Portis calls out NBA 2K for his appearance

Bobby Portis has gone through a lot of changes over his four year NBA career. 

He went from a player who rarely attempted 100 3-pointers in a season, to one of the more aggressive stretch fours in the league, regularly shooting near 200 3-pointers per season.

On top of the changes in his game, Portis has made changes in his appearance too. He has switched up his on-court style often in the league. Portis rocked a (possibly Rondo inspired) headband look early in his career and has worn his hair in a variety styles, mostly with longer hair. 

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Despite Portis' many looks, the NBA 2K series has not updated his appearance in awhile and Portis took to Twitter to let it be known that he has indeed noticed. 

The way Portis' avatar appears in the game makes him look like he has "[been] in college the last couple years". And his 2K avatar does in fact look very similar to his college self. 

"Ronnie 2K", the digital marketing director at 2K, interacts with players and fans often on social media and he made sure to let Portis know that he will work on getting the new-look Bobby into the game. 

NBA 2K20 features Chicago natives Anthony Davis (on the normal cover) and Dwayne Wade on the Legend Edition cover. The game is available for pre-order now and will hit shelves on September 6, 2019. 

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