Surprising scene after the Bulls’ victory against the Heat last Saturday. While the locals celebrate their comeback against the Floridians on the floor, Zach LaVinehe prefers to go to the locker room.
On the way, the Bulls press relations employee tries to hold him for a post-game interview. But the Bulls back, with a wave of his hand, pushes her away while shaking his head no.
After the meeting, the person speaks of a simple “ misunderstanding “. “ I’m not upset at all, I’m happy we won. We’re playing these guys again in two days (last night), I don’t want to stand there and celebrate, I’d rather celebrate in the locker room “, Minore Zach LaVinewithout really showing much enthusiasm.
Before the return match between the two teams, Billy Donovan ensures that this situation was handled “ internally “. “ I don’t want to go into detail about these discussions, but it is clear that the issue was discussed. What I want is for everyone to help each other do their job. “, displays the Bulls coach.
Frustration in the air
The scene occurs in a particular context for the player, whose name continues to fuel the chronicle of rumors. And whose frustration, which is reflected in this sequence, is glaring.
“ When you don’t win, it’s frustrating. It would be problematic not to be frustrated. We’ve been trying to do things right for three or four years and we’re not moving forward. », he said a few days ago.
His behavior, his body language in particular, on the field can also raise questions. In this match against the Heat, he only took 10 shots, for 13 points scored, his lowest quota of the season. Until… last night with only 9 shots taken, for as many points scored.
His coach, however, assures that his player has not changed. “ My discussions with him are more focused on basketball and how I can help him with complicated starts to matches. », assures Billy Donovan, who wants to be reassuring: “ When I entered the locker room (SATURDAY), I didn’t see anything different with him. I didn’t see a guy upset or pouting, I saw a normal Zach. »
How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Successful shots / Attempted shots; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def=defensive rebound; Tot = Total rebounds; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost balls; Ct: Against; Pts = Points.