Chicago Bulls point guard Ryan Arcidiacono is thankful for the organization taking him under its wing the past few years, now he’s helping the community.
Like many around the league, Chicago Bulls point guard Ryan Arcidiacono has been using his time and resources to make sure that no one goes hungry. Over the past week, he donated meals to the Lawndale Christian Health Center and the Suder Montessori magnet elementary school near the United Center. That’s so Arcidiacono.
You read that, right?
That’s so Arcidiacono. As a member of the Bulls, he often doesn’t get a ton of credit for the good he does on the court. So, to hear how Arcidiacono is giving back to the community speaks volumes.
Arcidiacono was quietly having another sound season as a reserve with the Bulls until the NBA suspended the 2019-2020 season. Through 58 games, he was averaging 4.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
The bad news is Arcidiacono was nursing a dreaded twinge in his Achilles prior to the start of the hiatus.
It remains unclear when the league will resume its operations.
If the season ended as is, Arcidiacono could lose 25% of his remaining salary that is owed, if the NBAPA has anything to say about it. The NBA and the NBAPA are in the midst of negotiating reduced player checks as early as April 15, according to multiple news media reports.
Arcidiacono’s donation becomes all the more interesting considering he is among the many that could face a pay cut during the hiatus. He is currently signed to a very team-friendly deal with the Bulls through at least the 2021-2022 season.
And, of course, Arcidiacono has already faced a ton of adversity in his journey to making a living in the NBA. He went from balling with Villanova University and its men’s basketball program for four years to almost two years in the G-League to three years with the Bulls.
As unfair as it may seem, it appears the Arcidiacono’s of the world may need to take another hit, or charge, if you will, until the league resumes its operations.
Fortunately enough, Arcidiacono is never afraid to take on new challenges as he’s shown both on and off the court.