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Bulls’ Zach LaVine wants new nickname for ‘explosive’ Coby White

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Coby White has had a pep in his step in his last two games, leading the Chicago Bulls with some high-octane perimeter contributions off the bench. Bulls star Zach LaVine wants to reward him with a nickname that can encompass his explosive game.

The rookie out of North Carolina put up a team-high 33 points off the bench in a 126-117 win over the Washington Wizards after coming off another 33-point performance in a loss to the Phoenix Suns. This is a career-high mark, and LaVine knows just how good White can be:

“You can see how explosive he is,” said LaVine, according to the Bulls. “We need to think of a nickname for him, propane, gasoline or something, especially on the offensive end. He is finding his rhythm out there. The kid is good, man, he’s really good.”

White has been a scorcher from distance when he catches a rhythm. The Bulls guard buried 5-of-9 from deep on Sunday and 7-of-13 against the Suns on Saturday.

Yet he might need more performances to earn himself a nickname. While he has been red-hot his last two outings, White’s explosive offense is streaky at best.

He connected on only 39% of his field goal attempts in January, shooting 33.3% from deep for the month. So far, the rookie has been known for his high volume and low efficiency, which usually equate to the JR Smiths and Nick Youngs of the world.

Should White be able to keep up this pace, it won’t take long before LaVine and company come up with a suitable nickname for the 20-year-old rookie.