Clearly Patrick Williams is no longer needed as Javonte Green and Alize Johnson ascend the All(preseason)-NBA lists, but it this is good news for team depth!
Head coach Billy Donovan said that Williams participated in 5-on-5 drills, whereas before he had been limited to individual work. The team will monitor how Williams’ body responds throughout the week before making a final decision on his status for Friday’s preseason finale against the Memphis Grizzlies.
As pointed out in that report, “Williams initially faced a four-to-six week recovery timeline when he sustained the injury on Sept. 15.”, and a return this soon would put him in the earliest portion of that timeline.
So that’s great news, as the Bulls don’t start the regular season until the 20th, yet getting some practice and preseason time with Williams alongside the starters would only be helpful.
In less optimistic news, the Bulls other injured rotation contributor Coby White looks to not be pulling off a similarly accelerated healing of his shoulder injury and will likely miss several weeks of regular season games:
#Bulls are still 3-4 weeks away from making a decision on next step for Coby White in his shoulder rehab, Billy Donovan says. He remains a ways away from contact — so that timeline is likely when he might be cleared for it.— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) October 13, 2021
In other more minor news:
- Tony Bradley, who also hasn’t participated in a preseason game, practiced as well this week.
The Bulls added a training camp
cutplayer this week in Bryce Alford, son of all-time shithead Steve who coached Bryce (and Zach LaVine) at UCLA. Interestingly, Bryce Alford didn’t participate in Summer League or a training camp this year, playing overseas after never making it to the big squad in Oklahoma City.
- The Bulls roster currently stands at 19, as Alford’s signing was after they jettisoned Ethan Thompson & Daniel Oturu earlier this week. The roster needs to be trimmed to 15 (plus 2 two-way) before the regular season begins.