Temple feels like big brother since joining Bulls

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Bulls guard Garrett Temple (17) shoots against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Indianapolis. Temple said he feels like a big brother to players like Coby White.

    Bulls guard Garrett Temple (17) shoots against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Indianapolis. Temple said he feels like a big brother to players like Coby White. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 2/17/2021 7:43 PM

Veteran guard Garrett Temple has been an important addition for the Bulls this season. For his part, Temple feels like he added a family member since moving to Chicago.

"I don't have any little brothers, I'm the youngest of three and then I have a little sister that's a lot younger than me," Temple said Wednesday. "But Coby (White) is like a little brother I never had.

 

"He's just annoying. Always around. Always asking questions, trying to get knowledge, trying to learn. We lift after the games a good bit together now."

White has had a challenging task this season, learning to be a lead guard for basically the first time in his life. But he's making good progress, averaging 15.7 points and 5.5 assists heading into Wednesday's game.

"He's a guy that definitely wants to learn, is listening, wants to know more about the game, more about different players, what I see and ways that he can get better," Temple said. "He's been like a sponge and I'm looking forward to him taking another big step this season."

Temple also said he's helped talk White through one of the more difficult parts of pro sports: watching close friends leave the team.

"Coby was asking me about contract situations and saying how he he's scared to get close to teammates because guys may get traded," Temple said. "He saw that with Shaq Harrison, a guy he got close with, and Kris Dunn. And it was free agency, not even trades, just free agency happens and guys are on different teams.

"It's a lot different than obviously college or AAU. That's the business of basketball. At the end of the day, everybody understands it's a business. And business decisions in this league come first."

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