The next two games (at least) of Chicago have been postponed but it was necessary for the competition to be fair
It is understandable that the NBA would avoid postponing or suspending games at all costs. It seemed that COVID-19 was a thing of past seasons, something distant, and the conversation was about those who were vaccinated (or not) and the occasional case.
And some other case was that of Nikola Vučević on the Bulls last November. Nothing to be alarmed about. The player was quickly and correctly put into the health and safety protocol in the league, but nobody expected what was coming.
But when December came, another case arrived. The second player on the team, the guard Coby White It came out positive, despite the fact that according to the information provided by the team, all the players were vaccinated.
Just a couple of days later, the cases began in another Eastern Conference team, the Charlotte Hornets, with four players entering the protocol, including Rookie of the Year, LaMelo Ball.
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— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) December 13, 2021
It seemed that the case of the Hornets was more careful than that of the Bulls, but we don’t know at what point the Chicago situation got out of control.
The team took extra steps and even offered the option for players to get a booster shot, but sadly things didn’t work out.
The Bulls have been one of the best teams of the season and they have also been one of the most fun teams to watch. Despite the new figures, it seems that they had time already playing together. The pieces have fitted perfectly. It’s been a lot of fun watching the Chicago games.
But the Covid-19 arrived and took out of action Zach LaVine, DeMar Derozan, Troy Brown Jr., Matt Thomas, Coby White, Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr., Ayo Dosunmu, Stanley Johnson and Alize Johnson. His record began to suffer with only five wins in the last ten games.
Sure, the NBA didn’t have postponing games high on its wish list this holiday season after implementing effective actions against Covid-19, but it did the right thing.
The fans deserve to continue enjoying the best version of the Bulls in recent seasons and with the current roster that was not going to be possible. We repeat, the NBA did the right thing.