Zach LaVine calls Coby White a 'bad dude' after rallying Bulls to victory vs. Grizzlies
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Zach LaVine calls Coby White a ‘bad dude’ after rallying Bulls to victory vs. Grizzlies

Zach LaVine, Coby White, Bulls

Looks like the Chicago Bulls certainly found a gem in Coby White.

Going head-to-head with the top point guard of this year’s draft class, Ja Morant, the Bulls’ seventh overall draft pick held his own and helped his team bounce back from their opening day defeat to Charlotte Hornets.  The Bulls came from behind to secure a 110-102 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum on Friday.

White came off the bench and was huge for coach Jim Boylen down the stretch, making big-time plays on his way to 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting. The 19-year-old rookie also connected on four 3-pointers and scattered six rebounds and two assists, helping Chicago erase a 14-point Memphis lead at one point.

Zach Lavine, who top-scored for the Bulls with 37 markers, couldn’t help but marvel at the White’s guts in the closing period.

“I told y’all from the jump I know how good he’s going to be, He’s going to continue to get better. He helped us big-time tonight. We told him, when he’s in that second unit, it’s go time. When we step on the floor together, we’re dynamic. It’s going to be exciting, man. I really like him,” LaVine said, via K.C. Johnson of NBCS Chicago.

“I’ve got confidence in him. He’s fearless. He ain’t scared of anything. He likes the moment. You can see it in his eyes. He wants that. That’s something I can respect. You want those type of people out there with you in the fight.”

White certainly outplayed Morant in their first NBA encounter, as the latter only produced 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with four turnovers.

 “You can see why he’s so highly touted,” LaVine said of Morant. “But like I said, we’ve got a bad dude over here too.”