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Checking in on Coby White’s injury at beginning of season

The Bulls guard is working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery and is close to returning. We give you the latest updates.

Coby White #0 of the Chicago Bulls smiles during the game against the Detroit Pistons on May 9, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images

Chicago Bulls G Coby White underwent surgery on his left shoulder during the offseason and was ruled out for four months to rehab. A torn labrum is a tough injury to come back from and White will have to get plenty of work in to regain his form and shot before returning for the Bulls. The team is revamped and ready to go for the season, which begins Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons.

Coby White injury updates

Nov. 14 - According to head coach Billy Donovan, White is set to make his season debut Monday evening against the Lakers.

Nov. 9 - White has been recalled after practicing with the Windy City Bulls, meaning he’s set to be in the lineup at some point. That likely won’t be Wednesday against the Mavericks but White is back with the team.

Nov. 9 - White has been assigned to the Windy City Bulls, Chicago’s G-League affiliate. That means White is at least close to returning to drills and contact practices. The Bulls could use White’s scoring punch off the bench once he returns.

White is likely to be out until at least mid-November given his timeline after surgery. The last update we got was last week when the reports said that White isn’t close to returning to full contact. That may push back his potential return date into December. The Bulls have plenty of depth and can survive without White in the short-term (and even potentially the long-term).

We can expect Alex Caruso to eat up a lot of the minutes off the bench as the primary backup PG to Lonzo Ball. We could also see Zach LaVine handle the ball while Caruso and Ball are not on the floor and resting. Troy Brown Jr. could see some time at SG and we may even get minutes for rookie Ayo Dosunmu.