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The NBA suspends its first two games due to COVID

The NBA announced on Monday the suspension of its first two games this season due to the coronavirus. And both have a common denominator: Chicago


The NBA announced on Monday the suspension of its first two games this season due to the coronavirus. And both have a common denominator: Chicago Bulls, who will face neither the Detroit Pistons nor the Toronto Raptors. The North American League makes the decision after the concern unleashed in the city’s Public Health department about the COVID outbreak that had been installed in the workforce.

In total there are a dozen Bulls players within the NBA’s health and safety protocols: Alize Johnson, Coby White, Javonte Green, DeMar DeRozan, Matt Thomas, Derrick Jones Jr., Ayo Dosunmu, Stanley Johnson, Zach LaVine and Troy Brown Jr.

Only eight players

Thus, the Bulls only had eight players to face the Pistons, the minimum required by the NBA to play a game. Of those eight, two had a dual contract (Devon Dotson and Tyler Cook) and a third, Alfonso McKinnie, had just landed in Chicago on a 10-day contract. Rookie Marko Simonovic was another available. In other words, an emergency team that will not finally have to play against Detroit or Toronto.