Chicago Bulls And Star Player "Not Seeing Eye To Eye"


The Chicago Bulls have had a frustrating year on the court. A report today, however, indicates that the troubles have spilled off the court as well, as two-time All-Star Zach LaVine and the team are "not seeing eye to eye."

Multiple league sources and sources close to the organization say LaVine and the Bulls are not seeing eye-to-eye. Over the past few weeks, there’s been a palpable feeling across various parts of the franchise of a disconnect over LaVine’s situation in Chicago. 

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, in addition to the LaVine's struggles with the franchise, the on-court "disconnect" between him and fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan has led the two wings to have their own "one-on-one, face-to-face sitdowns" to try to solve the issues.

Charania says that they maintain a good personal relationship, but that there's still "a level of on-court, stylistic tension simply festering throughout the season and being magnified due to the win-loss record." 

The Bulls are 11-18, on a four-game losing streak, and sitting in 11th spot in the Eastern Conference.

LaVine, 27, is in the first year of a five-year, $215M max deal that was signed this past summer. He's averaged 24.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists, while shooting 38.7% from three during his six seasons with the Bulls.

After their most recent loss, LaVine lamented, “it’s frustrating for all of us. I know it’s frustrating for the fans. It’s embarrassing. We’re all a little embarrassed about it.”

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