Bulls guard Coby White out after testing positive for COVID-19

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Chicago Bulls guard Coby White tested positive for COVID-19 and has entered the league’s health and safety protocols, coach Billy Donovan said on Wednesday.

White will not travel with the team to New York for their two-game road trip later this week. He will have to miss at least 10 days, meaning he will be sidelined for four games at a minimum.

"You just don't know what's going to happen with some of these guys testing positive," Donovan said, via ESPN. "I feel bad for Coby just because he's coming off the shoulder injury. He's trying to find his way back and now he's got another period of time where he's not going to be able to do anything physically until the league clears him to go through cardiac testing, however long that takes.

"But yeah, it's going around right now. Not only has COVID been a challenge; you're also dealing with a lot of players who have the flu, who are sick. It's still obviously very much real."

White has averaged 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting nearly 35% from the field in nine games for the Bulls this season, his third with the team after they selected him with the No. 7 overall pick in 2019. He missed the first 13 games of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery in June.

The 21-year-old averaged a career-high 15.1 points and 4.8 assists last season as a starter in Chicago, though he’s come off the bench in all but one game this season. White is in the third year of his initial four-year, $24 million deal.

White is the second Bulls player to land in health and safety protocols so far this season. Center Nikola Vucevic missed seven games last month. The entire team has been fully vaccinated as of early November and booster shots have been made available to players at their own discretion, Donovan said.

"We're just trying to follow all the guidelines," Bulls guard Alex Caruso said Wednesday, via ESPN. "Wear a mask. Try to stay out of crowded areas, do all the things we can to try and stay healthy and stay ready for games."

Chicago Bulls guard Coby White
Chicago Bulls guard Coby White has played in just nine games for Chicago so far this season after recovering from shoulder surgery. (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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