November 30, 2023

Bulls say situation with Zach LaVine, PR staffer handled internally

CHICAGO — Bulls coach Billy Donovan, talking Monday on the aftermath of Saturday’s sport when Zach LaVine may very well be seen dismissing a staff public relations member after declining a postgame interview, stated the situation has been “handled internally.”

Donovan declined to enter additional element.

In the moments following the Bulls’ 102-97 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday, which snapped Chicago’s three-game shedding streak, LaVine was captured on digicam strolling off the courtroom whereas the remainder of the staff remained behind to have a good time. He is approached by a staff official however shakes his head and brushes her off whereas persevering with towards the locker room.

LaVine later dismissed the incident as “a miscommunication” between the 2.

“One thing I’ll say about it, it’s been handled internally, it’s been discussed internally,” Donovan stated earlier than Monday’s sport towards the Heat. “I don’t want to get into what those conversations are, but certainly it’s been addressed. That would be my wish, is that everybody helps each other do their job.”

LaVine acknowledged final week that he has been frustrated by the staff’s begin to the season, and he dodged questions on whether or not he needed to be traded elsewhere. LaVine is off to a gradual begin by way of his first 14 video games, averaging 21.9 factors on 43% capturing, 34% from 3.

Yet, Donovan stated he had not seen any distinction in LaVine’s effort prior to now week that will make him query his dedication to the staff.

“When I walked into the locker room [on Saturday night], I didn’t see anything different from him in that locker room when he sat there,” stated Donovan, who added he didn’t see the incident between LaVine and the PR staffer when it occurred. “I didn’t get a guy who was upset or pouting or turned around, whatever — I saw a normal Zach in there.”