"Point guard of future" role may not fit Bulls rookie White
Rookie Coby White has been the Bulls' second-leading scorer in preseason at 16.8 points per game and will continue playing off the bench alongside Kris Dunn when the regular season begins.
As far as grooming White to be the point guard of the future, that's not really part of the plan.
"We're developing Coby White as a basketball player," coach Jim Boylen said Wednesday. "We're not going to put him in this peg, put him in this situation where he's a one (point guard), he's a two (shooting guard) or he's a three (small forward), he's a this, he's a that.
"He's a basketball player. He's a baller. He plays well off other people, he plays well with the ball in his hands, he plays well off a live catch, he can run pick and roll. He has positional size, toughness, physicality. Not concerned with somebody saying he needs to be this or that. He just needs to play, so just going to play."
White is the all-time scoring leader in North Carolina high school basketball. So far, he seems to have the instincts of a scoring guard and may never be much of a distributor. This role makes sense for him, to focus on what he's best at.
The Bulls play their final preseason game Thursday against Atlanta at the United Center. On Sunday at Toronto, Boylen used three guards off the bench, playing White, Dunn and Ryan Arcidiacono together. The other players in the second five were Thad Young and Luke Kornet.
Not Dunn with Bulls:
This is an old theme since the writing has been on the wall since the end of last season. But coach Jim Boylen stressed once again that Kris Dunn is doing well with being moved to a bench role.
"I've always said he's a terrific kid," Boylen said. "I've always said he's for the team. I've always said he's very coachable. Those things haven't changed. But I do think that he's in a really good place. I do think he had some introspection and got some time away (this summer), and it was good for him.
"He said it, we've said it -- he's prepared to help the team win, and that's his mindset. That's what we need. We talked earlier in the year, it's going to be about sharing and sacrifice and he's going to come off that bench and help us win.''
"He had 11 deflections and 6 steals against Indiana, so he can impact the game coming off the bench. He's embraced it and we had a good conversation about it. He's all about winning and I'm really proud of him."
Shaq Harrison went full-speed at Wednesday's practice. He has not played in any preseason games due to a hamstring injury and coach Jim Boylen said Harrison is not likely to play Thursday against Atlanta. … Chandler Hutchison, also out with a hamstring issue, did not practice the past two days. … The Windy City Bulls traded the rights to Walt Lemon Jr. to Fort Wayne on Wednesday. After leading Windy City to its first playoff appearance last season, Lemon signed a contract with the Pacers last week. ... NBA Sports Chicago officially announced long-time local radio voice Jason Goff as new host of the Bulls' pre- and post-game shows.