In SummaryThe list includes the team’s two All-Star players Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan.
The Chicago Bulls have one of the best records in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, the team that won six championships under the legendary Michael Jordan has been hit with a COVID-19 outbreak.
Ten players from the Bulls have been placed on the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol in under two weeks, according to the Chicago Tribune. What makes this situation more unfortunate is that two of its star players, Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, are on the list.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the team hasn’t been able to go 48 hours without a new player being put on quarantine.
As a result of the outbreak, the Bulls’ next two games against the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors have been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.
To protect themselves from the deadly virus, the entire roster was fully vaccinated and a deadline to get a booster shot was put in place for the team. Despite all of that, the Bulls still weren’t protected from the largest outbreak in the 2021-2022 NBA season.
“We had this hope and sense that the vaccine was going to prevent everything,” Dr. Brian Cole, sports medicine surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center, said to the Chicago Tribune. “Apparently, it’s just not happening. That might have to do with the transmissibility of variants, including delta and omicron, but in general, the vaccine is not preventing reinfection.”
The players on the current COVID-19 list are LaVine, DeRozan, Coby White, Javonte Green, Matt Thomas, Derrick Jones Jr., Ayo Dosunmu, Stanley Johnson, Tony Brown Jr. and Alize Johnson.