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Bulls’ Coby White admits he thinks he hit rookie wall in December

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The dreaded rookie wall, the thing every rookie in the NBA hopes they can somehow avoid, hit Chicago Bulls rookie Coby White in December.

After playing well in October and November for the Bulls, White struggled last month. The youngster averaged just 9.4 points and shot 37.7 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc in 14 games.

“I heard about the rookie wall — I feel like I hit mine in December,” Coby White said, via the Chicago Tribune. “That December stretch was hard for me. It was something I wasn’t used to. I started to take recovery a lot more seriously when I first got to the league. … For me I’m just trying to maintain and keep going.

“It was just every day my body was sore. I felt I like I ain’t have no legs. It was hard. That’s my first time experiencing this. Hopefully that was my rookie wall and I don’t hit nothing else the rest of the season.”

White has appeared in all 35 games this season for the Bulls. He’s averaging 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 36.8 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free-throw line.

The Bulls, after losing to the Utah Jazz at home on Thursday, are 13-22 on the season. They are in the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Chicago is only 2.5 games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, so their playoff hopes are still alive despite being nine games under .500. The Windy City team is looking to make the playoffs this season for the first time since 2016-17, the final year All-Star Jimmy Butler was on the team.

The Bulls are hoping White’s January stretch will be better than his December splits. Fortunately for them, the speedster is a hard worker and loves the game.