It's no secret that Zach LaVine is one of the most athletic players in the Association. After helping lead the Chicago Bulls to their best record in seven years and to the 2021-2022 NBA Playoffs, the 6'6'' shooting guard has been putting in work this offseason.
This week, LaVine was spotted working out with fellow superstars Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. The three All-Stars went through intense shooting and dribbling drills together. What's most impressive about LaVine is that he isn't content with just being an All-Star. He wants to be an all-time great. And one of the best ways to do that is to put in the work alongside some of the league's best.
Preparing for the grind
While his reputation as one of the league's best high-flyers is rock-solid, some might not be aware of LaVine's relentless work ethic during the offseason. He often employs unconventional training methods to help him prepare for the grind of an 82-game regular season.
His recent workout with Durant and Tatum—who he was teammates with on Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics—may not have been as unorthodox, but it was certainly indicative of his desire to measure himself against the best in the business.
From contender to elite?
LaVine helped the Bulls pile up a 46-36 record last season and had his first taste of Playoff basketball. Although his playoff stint proved shortlived at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks, the experience will only make him and his teammates hungrier for next season.
With a core of Demar Derozan, Lonzo Ball, Nicola Vucevic, and new additions Goran Dragic and Andre Drummond, the Bulls look like they could be a real force to reckon with in the East. And if LaVine continues to put in the work and add new wrinkles to his game after averaging 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists last season, there's no telling how far this team can go.