Chicago Bulls are hoping to return to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference after signing DeMar DeRozan to pair him with Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic.
Several fans and NBA peers questioned the fit between LaVine and DeRozan as they are both considered high usage scorers, however LaVine shut down this narrative.
“I don’t get that at all, because that’s just outside narratives,” LaVine said. “At the end of the day, we are some of the basketball players in the world and we know how to make something work.
It’s our job to get out there and get to know each other, obviously personally and as a basketball player. It’s easy to make things work on the basketball court if you all have the same intent, and that’s winning.
“I don’t think anybody on this team is selfish. With that, going forward, if that is the standard, we’re going to figure out everything because we’re too good of basketball players, we work too much, we care too much about the game for it not to.”
Both DeRozan and LaVine are capable facilitators, while they can also score at will. DeRozan finished last season with a career-best 6.9 assists per contest in 61 games with the San Antonio Spurs.
At the same time, LaVine also had a career year with 4.9 assists per game and a whooping average of 27.4 points per with the Bulls this past season.