Bulls coach Jim Boylen discusses Zach LaVine’s shot selection
There is no doubt that Zach LaVine has been able to rejuvenate his career with the Chicago Bulls after tearing his ACL with the Minnesota Timberwolves. LaVine has blossomed into a legitimate go-to player this season, and he continues to work on things that will elevate his game to the next level.
For Bulls head coach Jim Boylen, one of the skills that LaVine should continue to work on is his shot selection. In an interview with The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry, Boylen said that although LaVine has the ability to make difficult shots, the guard shouldn’t fall too much in love with them:
“I talk to him about it. We talk about it. ‘It’s not a good one.’ Now, here’s the deal at this level, too. There’s some tough ones that he makes that I don’t say anything to him. And then he gets in that rhythm and you’ve seen a couple of times — more than a couple — where he makes three or four shots in a row and the degree of difficulty on those shots are tough.”
Boylen continued by saying what LaVine needs to do when he’s struggling with his jumper:
“What I want him to do is when he misses one or two of those in a row, to put his head down and get to the rim, or do something else. That’s the discernment part and that’s the growth part. The great players I’ve been around that don’t have it going from the perimeter, they start putting their head down and get a couple of free throws and it flips for them.”
The constant communication between Boylen and LaVine should help the latter develop into a better offensive player moving forward.