Bulls star Zach LaVine’s insane pre-game dunk makes everyone feel sad he’s not in the Dunk Contest
Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine just sent in his entry for this year’s edition of the Slam Dunk Contest.
LaVine came up with this insanely-difficult slam during pre-game warm-ups on Wednesday prior to Chicago’s matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The degree of difficulty on that dunk is off the charts and how easy LaVine made it look is simply jaw-dropping. We’re sure he’s been practicing that dunk for a while now (no way he pulled that out of thin air), which leads us to believe that he may have considered joining this year’s edition of the Dunk Contest.
Zach has won that competition twice in the past so perhaps he was thinking about making it a hattrick. Unfortunately, he won’t be joining in on the festivities this year.
It is worth noting that LaVine and the Bulls were facing off against another high-flyer on Wednesday night. Pelicans star Zion Williamson has had his fair share of rim-rockers this season, and he too was heavily lobbied to take part in the Dunk Contest.
Zion also turned down the invitation so perhaps the Bulls-Pelicans matchup could serve as a bit of an in-game Dunk Contest between the two newly-minted All-Stars.
LaVine is having a banner year so far for the Bulls. Prior to their game against the Pelicans, the first-time All-Star is averaging 28.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He’s also shooting the ball efficiently, boasting a 52-43-85 shooting line.
The Bulls are in the thick of it—especially being in the tight Eastern Conference race—as far as playoff seeding is concerned.