Bulls' Tomáš Satoranský supports Zach LaVine in COVID-19 protocol

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Satoranský supports LaVine through COVID protocol experience originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Bulls guard Tomáš Satoranský has the rare and unfortunate experience of enduring two stints in the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocol this season.

In the preseason, he was interned for nine days after close contact with Noah Vonleh, who tested positive in mid-December. In early January, Satoranský tested positive for the virus and missed 10 games in a nearly three-week stretch that also saw Chandler Hutchison test positive and Lauri Markkanen and Ryan Arcidiacono quarantine for close contact.

As of Friday, Zach LaVine is on his 16th day in protocol, and likely to miss at least three more games on top of the eight straight absences he's already amassed.

"I talked to him and I know how difficult it is. You want to be out there, especially Zach. He’s a high energy guy who gets bored very easily," Satoranský said after shootaround in advance of Friday's home matchup with the Bucks. "I definitely know that he wants to be out here working out and getting better and helping the team.

"I just make sure he doesn’t have any symptoms and wish him luck and tell him to be patient. I think he’s getting there. I think he didn’t have really nothing in terms of symptoms from what I’ve heard from him. I hope the transition from being in isolation and going back to practice is going to be smooth for him because that’s what cost me the most. But I had a little more let’s say serious symptoms in terms of being fatigued, loss of smell and taste. I don’t think he had any of that. So hopefully, it’s going to be as quick as we hope for."

Head coach Billy Donovan said before Wednesday's loss to the Knicks that LaVine still has "things to do" related to the NBA's protocols before he can return to the floor, and that the team will have a clearer picture on his status Monday or Tuesday. If a player tests positive for COVID-19, the league's return-to-play guidelines require cardiac screening in addition to returning negative tests.

There's never a good time to lose your leading scorer, but LaVine's absence comes at an especially inopportune time for the Bulls. Though they've tread water to the tune of a 4-4 record without him so far, the Washington Wizards have forged ahead by two games for the final spot in the play-in tournament with 10 games remaining in each team's regular season.

"He’s going to super excited to be back and just with the season that he had and how he carried the team, that’s going to be definitely the boost," Satoranský said of LaVine's return, for which the team doesn't have a date set. "Hopefully he will be here as soon as possible and we going to definitely use him. You could see the games where sometimes we rely on Zach, especially when things get tough. He’s the guy who can get you the basket when no one really has it going. He’s an All-Star. So it’s going to be definitely a boost for our group."

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