Tar Heels coach Roy Williams reveals what he told Bulls rookie Coby White before career night
Roy Williams — Coby White’s head coach during his stint with the Tar Heels — revealed that he shared some advice to the Chicago Bulls guard before his career night, per KC Johnson of NBCS Chicago.
Roy Williams, on what he told Coby White in their pregame chat: I just told him to relax. He's going to have a long NBA career. Don't let 10 games define you.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 13, 2019
White was the seventh pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Bulls. He started off strong, dropping 17 points and dishing out seven assists in his first NBA game. However, he seemingly slowed down as he played more games — shooting poorly from the field and committing several rookie errors.
It probably affected his confidence negatively, too. Top prospects like White have a penchant for wanting to do more which doesn’t always necessarily translate well.
Perhaps this is the logic behind Williams’ advice. The Bulls’ backup guard should let the game come to him naturally and not force himself upon it. And the results quickly showed.
In their win over the New York Knicks, White dropped 27 points and drained 7-of-11 from deep. 23 points came in the fourth quarter alone. In addition, White is the first rookie in NBA history to knock down seven 3-pointers in a single quarter.
— NBA (@NBA) November 13, 2019
For Bulls fans who have been uneasy about White’s performance in the past few games, his career night against the Knicks may kickstart him for the rest of the season. Rookie mistakes will probably still haunt him from time to time. But his performance will give him that much-needed confidence to power through them.