Zach LaVine plans to try and dunk on someone once cleared to play
LaVine said his legs & upper body feel stronger & he's gained abt 10 pounds. Said he knows small mental hurdles are ahead but isn't thinking abt them. "If y’all tell me to go full blow right now, I’ll go up and try to dunk on somebody. I won’t think about it." #Bulls #BullsNation
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) November 21, 2017
LaVine has turned into one of the league’s premier dunkers in recent years. The two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion was always flying high before his injury, and he still feels like he could do the same right now.
This has to be great to hear for Bulls fans, who are going through a tough, rebuilding season. LaVine was viewed as the centerpiece of the package of players that the Bulls received when they traded Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. He hasn’t suited up for the Bulls yet this season because of his torn ACL from last year.
Bulls fans have been thrilled to see the development of rookie sensation Lauri Markannen, as well as the improvement of point guard Kris Dunn, who were the other two players the Bulls received in the Butler trade. Adding LaVine, who is arguably the most talented player on the Bulls roster, will make it easier for Bulls fans to go through the rebuilding year.
LaVine was averaging 18.9 points per game in the 47 games he played before his injury, while also averaging career highs in steals and rebounds. His athleticism and his dunking ability will certainly bring excitement to a fan base that still misses the days when they had a healthy Derrick Rose.
Although LaVine is young and athletic, the Bulls are bringing him along slowly to make sure that he is completely healthy before he returns. He was recently cleared to practice, and clearly can’t wait to begin dunking over his opponents as soon as possible.