Zach LaVine appeared less than pleased on Saturday following the Chicago Bulls’ 102-97 triumph over the Miami Heat. Despite the Bulls mounting a comeback from a 21-point deficit to secure the win at the United Center in Chicago, LaVine’s demeanor did not reflect the positive outcome.
Notably, he was the first Bulls player to exit the court, departing while some teammates lingered to revel in the victory. In an attempt to arrange a postgame interview, a Bulls PR representative sought to keep LaVine on the court but was brushed aside.
Reporters later questioned LaVine about the incident in the locker room, to which the two-time All-Star attributed it to a simple “miscommunication” with the PR team. LaVine adamantly refuted any suggestion of frustration, stating, “We’re all fine. … I’m not ticked at all. I’m happy we got a win, you know.”
When asked about his seemingly subdued mood, LaVine explained that he wasn’t in a celebratory mindset, especially considering that the Bulls are set to face the Heat again shortly. The Bulls are scheduled for a second game in Miami on Monday as part of a two-game series.
Against the backdrop of trade rumors circulating around LaVine in recent weeks amid the Bulls’ lackluster start to the season, there is speculation that the team may be open to parting ways with their primary guard.