Well, it could be worse, right? According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Zach LaVine has a small ligament tear in his non-shooting hand.
It appears that LaVine may have injured his thumb on the following play. It’s uncharacteristic of LaVine to lose a handle in the manner he did, so perhaps this is where the injury occurred.
LaVine and the Chicago Bulls have started off the 2021-22 NBA season on fire. The team currently sits at 4-0 and remains the only unbeaten team in the NBA Eastern Conference. LaVine has picked up right where he left off in 2020-21. He’s currently averaging 25.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 4.8 APG on 50% shooting from the field and 44% from downtown.
The new-look Bulls have come out of the gate strong. Now that LaVine has help around him in the form of DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vučević, and Lonzo Ball, he doesn’t need to be the “end all, be all” guy he has been in Chicago since his arrival. It’s no surprise LaVine wants to play through the injury either. This is the most talented team he’s been apart of since entering the league in 2014.
LaVine is also in a contract year. If LaVine is to make an All-NBA team, he will be eligible for the NBA’s “Super-Max” contract. This offseason, LaVine switched agencies and joined Klutch Sports Group. He also made comments to the media stating he “outplayed” his current contract and that he “just wants his respect.”
Hopefully, the injury will not limit his game and he can go out and perform the way he is accustomed to.
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