From earning his first All-Star nod to being on the court for the final possession of a gold medal victory, 2021 will be a year Zach LaVine never forgets.
The Chicago Bulls star may have clocked just 5 points in his final Olympic contest, but it felt fitting considering the surprisingly effective defensive-minded role he played during this run. LaVine still maintained his important spot in the team’s rotation, and he was one of the five players standing on the court when the final buzzer capped off Team USA’s fourth-straight gold medal victory.
LaVine celebrated the accomplishment in only the way he knows how.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 7, 2021
The French gave Team USA a true run for their money throughout much of the game, even outscoring the favorites 19-16 in the final frame. However, despite some messy clutch play that helped France cut the lead to just three with seconds to go, Captain America (aka Kevin Durant) was able to close things out at the free-throw line. Durant finished the night with 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists to lead all scorers.
Now, LaVine will travel back to the states to celebrate with friends, family, and a revamped Bulls roster that features Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan. What a warm welcome home!