Monday night’s Bulls-Hawks game showed how Omicron is owning the NBA

Some of the few players actually available to go on Tuesday night.

Some of the few players actually available to go on Tuesday night.
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Just two days after the Omicron variant ruined the highly anticipated Christmas Day lineup that the NBA unveiled months ago, the Chicago Bulls traveled to Atlanta to take on the Hawks in a game that saw the NBA’s communications staff. both teams google the names on their rosters.

Nearly 20 players, as well as Bulls manager Billy Donovan, were unable to participate in the Bulls Monday night 130-118 win over the Hawks due to injury or league health and safety protocols.

Things got so bad for the Hawks that they had to start a guy who had only been on the roster for a few hours. Chaundee Brown signed with Atlanta earlier in the day and from Monday he was in initial training.

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Offline players:

Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Kevin Huerter, Sharife Cooper, Onyeak Okongwu, John Collins, Delon Wright, Jalen Johnson and Wes Iwundu

Players out due to injury:

Solomon Hill and DeAndre Hunter

10-day contract players:

Lance Stephenson, Malcolm Hill, Cat Barber, Malik Ellison, Brown and Wes Iwundu

Things would have been even worse for the Hawks if Trae Young hadn’t lost 29 points and 9 assists in his first return game, crashing out of protocol just hours before the game.

“They have recorded many minutes” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “We had two, three guys who asked for a submarine and it never happened. I don’t think it was a lack of commitment. “

Just a few weeks ago, the Bulls were in the same place the Hawks are because they were the face of COVID in the NBA as they had two rescheduled games due to 10 players being in protocols over a 13-day span earlier this month. . Now, everyone is back except Donovan, as the only thing Chicago has to do is get players like Lonzo Ball, Derrick Jones Jr., Alex Caruso, Tony Bradley, Alfonzo McKinnie and Patrick Williams healthy enough to get back into training.

“It’s frustrating for kids”, said assistant coach of the Bulls Chris Fleming about what Chicago endured. “I know every other team in the league is facing this problem, but you lose two guys (Bradley and McKinnie) right before the shooting and right after Zo (Ball) is pulled out. I think deal with it mentally: the guys come in and focus, they’re together as a group and then, all of a sudden, you’re losing guys. This is what we are fighting and it is what the other 29 (teams) are fighting as well ”.

Last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that he wasn’t going to hit the pause button on games. From Monday, the League had changed some protocols shortening the isolation period for players who tested positive, similar to what CDC recommended.

When Silver said “the virus will decide“In the fall of 2020 about how the NBA would conduct their business, it looked like the league was going to do whatever it could not to be bullied by the pandemic. More than a year later, it looks like the NBA – and the rest of the sports world – is fine giving the bully the lunch money before it is even asked for.

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