The Chicago Bulls could be without Zach LaVine next week. According to multiple reports, the All-Star guard will see a knee specialist in Los Angeles. However, he doesn’t believe there is any structural damage. He just wants to see what’s causing the discomfort.
LaVine has battled discomfort since he tweaked his left knee against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 14. That issue led to back spasms and it seems the pain won’t go away. Hopefully, the specialist will be able to provide more clarity on the situation.
Even with his upcoming medical evaluation, LaVine still plans to participate in NBA All-Star festivities next weekend. He is making his second straight All-Star appearance and his third straight attempt at the three-point contest this year. But with the Bulls likely to make the playoffs, perhaps sitting out until he’s fully ready to go would be in LaVine’s best interest. He’s already earned the All-Star honors.
Zach LaVine is on track to make an All-NBA team this year. If accomplishes that feat, he will become eligible for a supermax contract extension. Furthermore, the Bulls won’t go far if LaVine isn’t available. Clearly, there are more consequential long-term factors at play than winning a three-point contest or playing in an All-Star game. Let’s hope for health and luck with all parties involved so the Bulls can get healthy sooner rather than later.
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