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Coby White reacts to winning first career start

Coby White, Bulls

Chicago Bulls rookie Coby White made his first NBA start in a 108-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. The North Carolina product dropped 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists, but also put up a game-worst nine turnovers in his first starting nod.

The 20-year-old gave his thoughts on this first experience, doing so like a total pro — prioritizing his team’s performance over his own.

“Just how we came out and fought,” said White, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. “We came out and fought hard. It wasn’t pretty, but we gutted it through and we finished the game on a good note. We played tough tonight. And we played with grit. So, it was good.”

On a night where White shined by leading the Bulls in scoring and tying for a team-high in assists, he was selfless in response — only giving in to self-indulgence when pressed for further comments.

“It was good for me,” White said of hearing his name introduced first among the starters. “It was exciting. My first one. It was good to get a win in my first one. But it was fun. It’s a blessing to be starting in the NBA.”

White still has some learning to do when it comes to limiting his turnovers, but he surely has the team-first attitude down pat. His comments will bode well for a team in need of more chemistry, one that is slowly regaining the pieces they initially thought they would have for the entire season.

The 20-year-old is averaging 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in his first season. He’s also scored 19 or more points in each of his last eight games, including a rampant three-game string in which he scored 33 or more points.