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Former North Carolina teammates Coby White, Nassir Little stay close through family ties as they begin NBA journey

Former North Carolina teammates Coby White, Nassir Little stay close through family ties as they begin NBA journey

LAS VEGAS — Coby White and Nassir Little were both highly-touted recruits to the University of North Carolina in 2018. It wasn’t until they got to Chapel Hill that they found out they were also distant relatives.

“We’re literally blood cousins,” Little told NBC Sports Chicago after the Portland Trail Blazers’ Tuesday afternoon loss to the Utah Jazz. “My dad and Coby’s brother were just having a conversation, and they were talking about their great grandparents. His brother said his great grandfather’s last name was White, and my dad was like, ‘That’s my great grandpa’s name. Is he married to so-and-so?’ And that’s kind of how we found out.”

White and Little were college teammates, but they had very different draft-night experiences. The Bulls took White with the No. 7 overall pick, viewing him as a long-term starter who may even play a significant role in his rookie season as Chicago looks to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Little, on the other hand, was a five-star recruit who endured a difficult freshman season at Carolina in which he struggled to get playing time. A projected lottery pick before the draft, Little slipped all the way to Portland at No. 25 overall, and the Blazers view him as a long-term developmental prospect who likely won’t play much right away.

Another of their Tar Heel teammates, Cam Johnson, was selected No. 11 overall by the Phoenix Suns, and White’s reaction to Johnson’s selection went viral. There was no such clip of White from when Adam Silver called Little’s name that night, but Little raved about White’s infections enthusiasm for his teammates’ successes.

“Every time I make a play, if you watch the clip, he’s the most excited guy on the team,” Little said. “He’s even more excited than I am. If I make a play, he’s jumping up and down. He’s going crazy every time I do something good.”

That unselfishness is something that surprised Little when he first got to know White after only seeing clips of his high-scoring high-school games.

“He’s more unselfish than I realized,” Little said. “I remember I used to see the numbers he put up in high school, and I asked him, ‘Do you pass the ball? How are you dropping 40 every game?’ So when I played with him, that’s something I figured out. He’s an unselfish player. He’s so excited when somebody else is successful. That’s important for a teammate.”

White’s Summer League performance thus far has been hit-and-miss, with a string of poor shooting performances overshadowing some impressive playmaking instincts. It may take a while to get there, but Little sees star potential in his close friend and former teammate.

“Coby can take it as far as he wants to. Potential All-Star, Hall of Famer, whatever he wants. He’s such a dynamic scorer. He can get so much better, and he’s already dangerous now. So it’s pretty scary what he’ll be able to do in a couple years.”

 

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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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