Bulls shed some light on Lonzo Ball’s replacement at point guard

Lonzo Ball, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Lonzo Ball, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

Entering Media Day, the Chicago Bulls were plagued with a litany of question marks surrounding the team. Hopefully, Arturas Karnisovas and Billy Donovan did a fair job alleviating some of that concern as they tried their best to provide answers to the media’s most pressing questions. One glaring remains unanswered though — who will be the Bulls’ starting point guard in the absence of Lonzo Ball?

Stacked with a carousel of backcourt talent including the likes of Alex Caruso, Ayo Dosunmu, Coby White, and the recently signed Goran Dragic, there are a plethora of viable options to slot next to Zach LaVine as his running mate. With Coby being the longest-tenured of the bunch, Dragic the most experienced veteran, Caruso the defensive mastermind, and Dosunmu as the fan favorite, it’s impossible to predict how all this is going to pan out.

Here’s what Billy Donovan had to say about the impending power struggle at point guard.

"“I think we’ll have to see how these guys gel and mesh once training camp starts and we start practicing. But I think we have enough back there that we can get the job done from that standpoint. I feel like with Ayo being a year older, you know, that certainly helps us. Coby’s a year older. You know, Alex going into training camp is healthy. Goran has been a terrific player in this league for a long period of time so there’s enough balance back there I think that we can figure that out.”"

The Chicago Bulls still appear indecisive in regards to who should man the starting point guard position until Lonzo Ball returns.

This was just one of several topics discussed during today’s press conference. The discussion about Chicago’s point guard problem begins three minutes into the video, but I think the entire conference is well worth a watch.

It may have been wishful thinking to hope that the Bulls would already have their backup in mind, but it seems they’re going to entertain an open competition for the job at training camp. This quartet of guards will join Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr., and Dalen Terry as they jockey for minutes at the forward slots and Malcolm Hill, Carlik Jones, and Kostas Antetokounmpo’s battle for Chicago’s final two-way slot.

After a relatively quiet offseason, it seems the Chicago Bulls will have a hectic training camp on their hands, and I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing.  We may have to wait a little longer than anticipated to see who will get the starting nod, but at the very least we’ll know the Bulls are doing their due diligence to ensure whoever gets the spot will have earned it through their own hard work.

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