DuckIII wrote:My eyes rolled heavily when Coby got the start, which just further confirms to me the Bulls are going to overplay him. And now it’s so blatant that they either absolutely love him, or they absolutely are hoping to trade him by the deadline. I don’t think it’s anything in between.
That said, I thought he had a really nice first half. His defense was active, he was making some nice passes and took the right shots for the most part.
Ayo’s a tough guy. I suspect he’ll use this slight - which it is - as motivation. Hopefully it does not negatively impact his aggressiveness. It would be terrible if he starts playing less free because he’s worried about making mistakes.
I’ve said this before and I may be super wrong. But to me, at the NBA level, Xs and Os strategy doesn’t end up meaning a whole lot as long as you are competent. I believe the coach’s main job is to manage personalities, develop players, and manage rotations.
I think the use of Coby this year so far has been a total failure. And now it may be an even worse mismanagement if it negatively impacts Ayo, who has played better than White and has earned every second he’s gotten.
But I can see the alternative view. I just don’t agree with it.
Picking up from the other thread, and adding to your comment - I think they’re trying to re-establish his play as fast as possible, collateral damage on a few losses be damned in order to pump him up as a trade deadline asset.
As for Ayo, he seems like a humble rookie and great kid, and it may burn him inside a little - but I’d bet strongly he’ll just take it in stride and let it motivate him to keep improving. Besides, it’s likely short term and neither will start once Vuc/Caruso return.
Also, Ayo’s surely seen Coby play the past two years being a Chicago kid, and knowing what he’s capable of, and seeing him be one of the main reasons we’ve won games at times. I highly doubt he’s only judging Coby based on a couple of games knowing he’s coming back from injury.