LaVine is an integral part of maintaining the solidity of the Bulls’ roster, and was the core craftsman who helped the Bulls have a complete and solid Eastern Conference playoff level last season.
Based on LaVine ‘s ability and conditions, plus reliable partner DeMar DeRozan, center veteran Nikola Vucevic, guard Alex Caruso and general Lonzo Ball in the lineup The cooperation will allow the team to improve its chances of stably entering the playoffs and winning the championship, so the Bulls decided to provide LaVine with a 5-year maximum salary extension contract worth up to $212.3 million in the offseason. .
Injury looms throughout the season
However, LaVine has been dealing with a left knee injury since last season, which he suffered against the Golden State Warriors early in the regular season on Jan. 15. LaVine’s left knee injury has since become His biggest obstacle last season.
LaVine was forced to miss 13 of the Bulls’ 43 regular-season games due to a knee injury, averaging 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocks. He shot 47.6 percent overall and 38.9 percent from three-point range. However, he also suffered from a recurring left knee injury last season, which he received platelet-rich plasma therapy and cortisone injections (steroid injections) to remove fluid from his left knee to fight last season. Contest.
When LaVine was sidelined due to knee pain, the lineup was backed up by veteran DeRozan. That’s one of the reasons the Bulls went 1-4 in the first round of the playoffs and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks. After the injury did not improve, LaVine chose to undergo arthroscopic surgery on the left knee in May to solve the problem of persistent pain in the affected area.
Although LaVine emphasized in the offseason that he will try his best to make the injury 100% healed to prepare for the new NBA season, and also participated in training camp and all 4 preseason games, but head coach Donovan is in the regular season opener. The media said that LaVine still experienced the problem of soreness in the affected area during the offseason, and continued to undergo a series of weight training after the preseason to focus on skill development and stretching.
Donovan also added that the team will handle LaVine’s injury carefully and avoid LaVine playing in the Bulls’ 2-game schedule. With LaVine’s injury still in limbo, the team is likely to rest the lead on back-to-back schedules.
At the same time, although the head coach of the Bulls said that there will be no strict playing time limit for LaVine in tomorrow’s game against the Cavaliers, he also emphasized that LaVine’s longest playing time will be less than 40 minutes.