The Chicago Bulls have postponed two home games, against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, as 10 players are held out of games.
The Bulls have tried to use this as an opportunity to play Mike Dunleavy Sr., who hasn’t played this season after appearing in all 82 games in each of the past three seasons. The player’s son Mike Jr. is one of the 10 players sidelined, according to John Schuhmann of the Chicago Tribune.
“We told him we’re not going to send him home,” coach Fred Hoiberg said, according to Adam Himmelsbach of ESPN. “But we’re not bringing him down for a workout.
The reason for the extra rest is because players this season are averaging more minutes, 25.3 per game, and injuries have been a problem for Hoiberg and the Bulls this season.
“They’re all out battling through nagging injuries,” the coach said, according to Dan Windham of the South Bend Tribune. “We have no problems with that, but we had a decision to make there, and I’m glad we’ve made it.”
Dunleavy is still part of the Chicago roster and will participate in the team’s annual alumni game on Saturday at the United Center.