the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday that the guard Coby White will be out until at least the latter stages of training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a left shoulder injury he sustained over the weekend.
The team said the injury occurred while White was “engaged in basketball activities away from the team.” After the operation, which was performed at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago on Thursday, the team said White would be reassessed in four months. That would mean an update would come right before the start of the 2021-22 regular season in mid-October. The NBA will reorient itself to its typical schedule after the rejection of the last two seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
White, 21, is coming off a sawtooth second season, averaging 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 41.8% from the field and 35.9% on 3 points in 69 games, including 54 starts, after leaving the bench almost exclusively as a rookie.
“It was ups and downs for him this year,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan told reporters in Chicago last month. “But I’ve always said that about him, he’s got great determination. He’s got resilience and he’s got a great bounce back. Once the exchange is over I think he sort of found it. his place and played some really good basketball for us. “
After missing out on the playoffs, the Bulls will wait to see if they retain their draft pick – which Chicago traded to Magic of Orlando in March as part of the deal for the All-Star center Nikola Vucevic. Chicago, which currently sits eighth in the lottery, will retain its pick if it jumps into the top four in the lottery, which is scheduled to take place on June 22. Chicago had the fourth pick in last year’s draft, which he was taking Patrick williams, having had the seventh pick the two previous years, when it took White (2019) and center Wendell Carter Jr. (2018).