The potential trade of Zach LaVine has dominated headlines this week, drawing significant attention. Nevertheless, Bulls coach Billy Donovan remains unperturbed about LaVine's ability to juggle off-court distractions and on-court obligations. Donovan has consistently found LaVine coachable and approachable. However, concerns have arisen over his recent inconsistent performances, casting doubt on his future with the Bulls. This week has only compounded the ongoing turbulence surrounding LaVine's tenure in Chicago.
One incident that continues to resonate with LaVine occurred during a game against the Magic last year when he had a dismal shooting night. As a result, Donovan benched him, sparking LaVine's subsequent expression of frustration. According to reports, LaVine has never fully moved past that incident. A year later, during another match against the Magic, LaVine struggled once again. However, Donovan provided him with an opportunity to make the tying shot. Though LaVine succeeded, the Bulls still faced defeat, underscoring the predicament they currently confront.
Donovan, on the other hand, refutes any lingering resentment stemming from their disagreement and states that his relationship with LaVine remains solid. The coach has engaged in numerous discussions with LaVine and believes that the player remains committed to the team despite battling injuries and trade rumors. LaVine, for his part, attributes his frustration to the team's losing record. He acknowledges the support he has received from both the Bulls and coaching staff but expresses disappointment over the lack of success.
This week's reports suggest that LaVine and his camp are now open to the previously unthinkable idea of leaving Chicago.In a recent interview, Coach Donovan reveals that LaVine has not communicated any desire to leave the Chicago Bulls. Trade rumors surrounding LaVine are nothing out of the ordinary, but if the team's performance falters, it could potentially lead to tension within the locker room. Donovan, however, takes a proactive approach to conflicts, favoring open dialogue amongst the players to collaboratively resolve any issues. The seasoned coach firmly believes that facing problems head-on is the most effective strategy, even if it doesn't entail engaging in heated arguments or raised voices.