On Saturday, when the Chicago Bulls hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center, Zach LaVine made his long-awaited season debut. LaVine missed the first two games of the season for the Bulls because of offseason surgery on his left knee.
LaVine is fully healthy, but it appears that the Bulls will continue to have serious concerns about this ailment. Billy Donovan, the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, acknowledged that his team will be closely monitoring this scenario for the foreseeable future (via Jamal Collier of ESPN):
Donovan stated before the game on Saturday that “there’s nothing wrong with him structurally, he’s fine.” We’ll just have to deal with it, that much is certain. Going into the season, we were aware that we would need to handle it. We just had no idea of the timing or the final form.
It appears that LaVine will be missing games anytime the Bulls play back-to-back contests at this point. This happened on Friday night when the Washington Wizards defeated Chicago by a score of 102-100. Next Friday and Saturday, Chicago will play the San Antonio Spurs and the Philadelphia 76ers in another back-to-back. Zach might be forced to sit out one of those games, which will probably be on Friday against the struggling Spurs.
November will begin with two additional back-to-back concerts in Chicago.
Billy Donovan did not specify how LaVine will be managed or how long this maintenance programme will be in effect. But one thing is for certain: Bulls supporters cannot wait to see their All-Star swingman back in action.
Billy Donovan provides a sobering update on Zach LaVine’s knee injury, saying “It’s something we’ll have to manage.” This article originally appeared on ClutchPoints.