Players Reportedly Confronted Zach LaVine in Locker Room “Blow Up”

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Players Reportedly Confronted Zach LaVine in Locker Room “Blow Up”

Chicago Bulls

Get out your shovel … because the Chicago Bulls just reached a new low!

On the same day that The Athletic published a behind-the-scenes look at the Chicago Bulls’ crumbling season, multiple reports shared that the team had an intense locker-room confrontation this weekend.

First reported by the Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley and confirmed by NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson, players exchanged words during halftime of the Bulls’ 150-126 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Things apparently got rowdy, and Cowley shared that this isn’t the first time something like this has happened this season.

More specifically, Johnson reported that “multiple teammates directed frustration at Zach LaVine,” which led to the situation intensifying.

Head coach Billy Donovan went on to verify that the situation took place before Tuesday night’s game in Miami. He also reportedly said that he viewed the confrontation as “healthy.”

Look, I guess I could be wrong here, but there is a difference between holding your teammates accountable and … screaming at each other while giving up 150 points and falling to 11-18 on the season. This doesn’t sound like some kind of healthy, productive discussion to me. It sounds like only more proof that this team is unavailing at a record pace. Not to mention, this only adds more concerning context around the comments that were made after the team’s horrendous loss on Sunday night.

For more on that, check out the article below:

Having said that, I also can’t necessarily blame anyone on this roster for getting in LaVine’s face. Not only is he putting together his worst season since first arriving in Chicago in 2017-18, but the fact his teammates had to single him out suggests that he hasn’t necessarily been the leader this organization paid him to be this offseason.

Being a max talent comes with a new set of responsibilities whether LaVine wants to admit it or not. He’s held to a higher standard in the eyes of the fans and teammates, alike. With that being the case, confrontations like these simply aren’t going away unless … well … he makes them.

Anyway, if you missed all the other drama that came out today, I’ll direct you to our posts below:



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.