Eastern Notes: White, Poirier, Knicks, Wizards

Lottery pick Coby White has looked good in the first week of the Bulls‘ training camp, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Coach Jim Boylen said White can play either guard spot and appears to already have him penciled into the rotation. “We’ve added ballers to this team,’’ Boylen said. “Coby White, whether he’s a one, he’s a two, he’s a baller. … That’s what this roster is. We’ve got to do a good job using those guys and give them space and freedom to use what they have.’’

We have more from the Eastern Conference:

  • French center Vincent Poirier is looking to earn minutes with the Celtics through grit and determination, as he told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. Poirier signed a two-year contract to compete for a role with one of the East’s top teams after playing in Spain last season. “You have a couple of guys who make all the dirty jobs,” he said. “If not, you cannot win. You have to be great at what you can do, and what I can do is all the dirty jobs.”
  • Knicks coach David Fizdale has a dilemma on his hands regarding the point guard spot, as Barbara Barker of Newsday details. With Dennis Smith Jr., Elfrid Payton, and Frank Ntilikina vying for minutes at the position, choosing a starter may be the toughest decision of the preseason for Fizdale. Utilizing two point guards at the same time will be a serious consideration.
  • Developing good habits with a young roster is the first step toward improvement for the Wizards, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post writes. Washington is trying to establish a better culture after the front office and roster changes that were made this offseason. “The season’s going to go quick and the bench is going shorten and Coach (Scott Brooks) is going to want guys who know what he wants and get it done,” guard Bradley Beal said. “So, as long as we’re able to keep those good habits up of being on time, being early, getting the work in and then applying it on the court and getting it done, that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
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12 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: White, Poirier, Knicks, Wizards

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Why are so many people obsessed with what position a player is listed at? LeBron is supposedly moving to PG, while Ben Simmons is already thought of as a PG even though he is really more of a PF who gets lots of assists, just like LBJ. And then there’s James Harden who is always labeled as a PG even though he’s really a SG or SF.

  2. IslandFlava

    I thought Vincent Poirier signed for the Celtics, which makes no sense when it says ” to compete for a role in one of East’s top teams”… Boston ain’t a top team no more!

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Compared to most of the teams in their conference they are, it’s just a lot easier than being one of the top teams in the West, that’s all.

  3. Hopefully, Fizdale learned from last year and doesn’t use another season as an endless free for all minutes competition, with no roles, expectations or accountability. This roster is a challenge in that regard, no doubt, but he still needs to coach it, not baby sit it.

    • stevep-4

      Haha but he looked good again tonight, made some passes that showed court vision, unlike gimme-the-ball Kris Dunn who continued to not figure out when he is double teamed, somebody is open.
      Gotta love the hair even if you don’t like his play. 8))

  4. stevep-4

    Think Bulls are competitive with
    Carter/Gafford/Fellatio/Markannen
    Markannen/Young/Gafford/Fellatio
    Porter/Valentine/Hutchison
    White/Dunn/Arcidiacono
    Lavine/White/Harrison/Arcidiacono

    But they can use some SF and PF upgrades, and this would leave a 15th spot

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