Plot Twist: Zach LaVine Actually Was Invited To Join Team USA

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Plot Twist: Zach LaVine Actually Was Invited To Join Team USA

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Do you remember when we spent the summer in a constant state of annoyance because Team USA basketball, who was having trouble recruiting stars, did not extend an invite to Zach LaVine? We do.

Or when we were justified in that annoyance, because Team USA stunk it up and could have clearly used a guy who routinely gets buckets in his sleep? Because we remember that, too – if only because LaVine could have really been helpful in a game against Turkey that should have never been that close in the first place.

Well, it turns out LaVine *WAS* asked to play for Team USA and declined. 🙂

Here is why he didn’t play:

OPE! Guess we were mad about nothing all along.

But good on LaVine for prioritizing his health over everything else. We’ve seen LaVine work hard throughout the offseason (putting in work, grinding away,in open gyms, etc.) to position himself to lead the Bulls this season. And with the team having postseason aspirations, having a healthy LaVine will go a long way toward helping the Bulls reach some new heights.

Sure, it would have been neat to see him get buckets and bond with members of Team USA. But the basketball season is long enough without FIBA games, and it would have been even longer had LaVine tweaked something and was starting the Bulls’ training camp season at less than full strength.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.