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Zach LaVine speaks out on Bulls not getting invited to Disney World for NBA’s return

Bulls, Zach LaVine

The NBA is planning on completing the 2019-20 campaign in Disney World this summer, but the Chicago Bulls won’t be part of it.

The league has decided to roll with 22 teams, leaving out the eight teams with the worst records. There will be 16 playoff teams, like usual, so there will be a play-in tournament for the final seeds in each respective conference.

At 22-43, the Bulls are eight games out of a postseason spot, which just was not close enough for the NBA to justify bringing them back in such a time crunch.

Sure enough, Zach LaVine is disappointed, but he understands.

“It sucks,” the Bulls star said, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. “You have to understand it’s a weird time, especially with everything that’s going on right now. It’s upsetting too. We weren’t even good enough to get to the play-in game. It just shows we have to do a lot of things differently.”

While the Bulls may have been rather inept as a team this season, it certainly wasn’t because of LaVine.

In 60 games, LaVine averaged 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals over 34.8 minutes per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the floor, 38.0 percent from 3-point range and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The 25-year-old has played three seasons with the Bulls. He initially arrived in the Windy City in a draft night trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2017.

The NBA season was suspended back in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league is targeting late July for its return.