Looking around the locker room after the Bulls’ loss to the Pistons in the season finale Wednesday, Zach LaVine couldn’t see any reason why the Bulls won’t be playoff-bound next season.
“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to because we’re talented enough,” LaVine said.
“When we put that work in and with that chemistry, there’s no reason why we can’t make that jump. I’m not saying we’re going to be competing for a championship next year or anything like that, but there’s no reason next year at this time we shouldn’t be in that playoff run.”
Next year at this time, LaVine doesn’t think he’ll be cleaning out his locker, but rather preparing for the Bulls’ next opponent.
LaVine is putting pressure on himself this offseason to get fully rejuvenated and work on his skills, especially since he sat out the last 13 games of the season with tendinitis in his left knee. This was LaVine’s bounce-back season from knee surgery. He played 24 games, averaging a team-high 16.7 points.
During the offseason, LaVine is making plans to work out in Chicago and Los Angeles with Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen and several other players.
“I’m trying to be the best me … I’m not going to stop working until I’m an elite player in this league,” LaVine said. “I feel like I have the talent to, the drive to, and with that, you have to help the team, and they have to help you.”