Nobody has quite “wowed” us like Zach LaVine did in those infamous dunks contests.
So once he tore his ACL, it came as somber news to most who were rooting for his success. Not only was his athleticism a thing of rarity, the other offensive skills he brought to the table were in no short order, either.
And, fortunately, he’s reported to be making his return to the court (and his Bulls debut) as early as Sunday against the Detroit Pistons.
Paxson says LaVine will debut Saturday against Detroit.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) January 9, 2018
To start, the team intends to be cautious with his return, refraining from playing in back-to-backs, and limiting his minutes as to avoid a rushed comeback. Zach, seemingly optimistic about his debut, says he understands the precautions.
“I’m OK with everything,” he said. “I’ve got to be OK with that. That’s where you start, I know it’s not going to stay there. It’s just part of getting back. Even though I’m back, it’s the last part of me getting back with the little bit of restriction. — I know how to play, I know the way I want to play. I know it’s going to take a little time to get the rhythm back. But regardless I think I can do some things.”
Before his season-ending injury, LaVine was looking at numbers upwards of 18 points per game, 3 assists, and 3.4 rebounds. Whether he can ever replicate or pass those stats again is still a matter of debate. If you ask the young guard himself, though, it’s only a matter of time.