Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 13, 10 Chicago Bulls players entered the NBA's health and safety protocols.
In turn, the league postponed the team's Dec. 14 home game against the Detroit Pistons and Dec. 16 road bout against the Toronto Raptors earlier this week.
While still not back to full strength, or back to being able to hold formal practices, that pause has led to the team making some headway in the health and safety department.
Here is a rundown of which Bulls players are in and out of health and safety protocols:
Which Chicago Bulls players are out of COVID-19 protocols?
Head coach Billy Donovan confirmed Thursday in a Zoom call with reporters that White and Green have re-entered the team's practice facility to begin the process of ramping their conditioning back up to game shape.
“Coby has been back maybe a day or two more than Javonte. He seems to be responding fine in terms of what he’s been able to do with the (cardiac) screening and on-court activity,” Donovan said. “Javonte, like anything else, was winded being away from it for a period of time.”
The status of each of those players for Sunday's home game against the Lakers is yet to be announced, but each took steps in the right direction this week.
Which Chicago Bulls players are in COVID-19 protocols?
Matt Thomas, Derrick Jones Jr., Ayo Dosunmu, Stanley Johnson, Zach LaVine, Troy Brown Jr. and Alize Johnson all remain in health and safety protocols.
NBA guidelines dictate that players in protocols must remain there for 10 days, or until they return two negative PCR tests in a 24-hour window, before exiting. Then, they must pass cardiac screening before being cleared to play. Thomas entered protocols on Dec. 8, Jones Jr. on Dec. 9, Dosunmu and Stanley Johnson on Dec. 11, LaVine and Brown Jr. on Dec. 12, and Alize Johnson on Dec. 13.
Donovan said Thursday that the team doesn't expect Dosunmu, LaVine, Brown Jr. or Alize Johnson back until after Christmas.
“That obviously can change based on the testing protocols, which has obviously got to be two negative tests,” Donovan added. “But that’s kind of what we’re anticipating at this point and time.”
While that timeline may appear alarming on the surface, it's as much a product of the Bulls' schedule as anything. The Bulls have three home games on the schedule between now and Christmas — Dec. 19 against the Lakers, Dec. 20 against the Rockets and Dec. 22 against the Raptors. Then, they don't play again until a back-to-back against the Pacers (at home) on Dec. 26 and Hawks (on the road) on Dec. 27.
Given that Dec. 22 game is right around the 10-day mark in protocols for Dosunmu, LaVine, Brown Jr. and Alize Johnson, it makes sense for the team to not expect them to be fully game-ready by then. Whether any or all of them are cleared to return immediately after the holiday remains to be seen.
Have any Chicago Bulls coaches entered COVID-19 protocols?
Donovan said Thursday that he and his staff have continued to test negative for COVID-19.
"We’ve been all fine. We’ve been doing the same thing that the rest of the players are doing for the most part. We are testing on a regular basis," Donovan said. "With all the testing that we are doing, you hope and pray that we’re on the back end and maybe not in the middle of it.”
Donovan has also said that the majority of the Bulls' protocol entrants have either experienced mild symptoms or are asymptomatic altogether.