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Bulls rookie Coby White admits he’s a germaphobe

Bulls, Coby White

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Chicago Bulls rookie point guard Coby White admitted to NBA reporters on Tuesday that he’s a germaphobe.

The NBA is limiting locker room access to only player and essential team personnel in response to the coronavirus. Teams were also instructed to create a six to eight foot distance between players and media in availability sessions outside locker rooms.

The NBA has already sent multiple memos to teams to prepare contingency plans in case they need to play games without fans in attendance due to the ongoing coronavirus. Teams have also been asked to identify “essential staff” to be present for such games if the need arises.

Soccer and basketball games in Europe have been played without fans in recent days.

Among the NBA’s short-term recommendations to teams in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak are for players to utilize fist-bumps over high-fives with fans — something that the Bulls guard seems to be really open to doing.

Furthermore, there are bigger concerns being addressed in the NBA. The possibility that pre-draft combines, on-site workouts and international scouting events could become more limited are a possibility.

Coby White is making his first NBA start for the Bulls on Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chicago fans have been dying to see White in the starting lineup, especially after his superb February run when he won Rookie of the Month.

White is averaging 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game on the season for the Bulls, though his numbers have shot up of late. He’s shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.0 percent from the free-throw line.