KEY POINTS

  • The Bulls have managed to put up a solid supporting cast for Zach LaVine
  • Ex-CBA coach sees the Bulls making it to the NBA playoffs next season
  • The veteran tactician feels the Bulls need a big man to man the paint for them

So far in the NBA preseason, there have been teams performing accordingly and some not.

Most hardly give it any weight, aware that clubs are preserving their key players for the actual regular games.

The Chicago Bulls have new faces in the mix, led by Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso and Nikola Vucevic.

But of course, the main man in focus with the Bulls right now is Zach LaVine. He has been coming into his own and is hoping to finally see some NBA postseason action.

Even more appalling is the fact the LaVine is in the final year of a four-year deal with the Bulls. He is set to make $19.5 million for the coming season before becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.

According to a report by NBC Sports, Chicago is planning to keep LaVine if they had their way.

However, that depends on a lot of factors. The most prime among them is the performance of the Bulls this coming season.

Former Rockford Lightning coach Chris Daleo raved about LaVine when he appeared on Sports For All PH hosted by Vincent Juico and Brian Yalung.

“Zach LaVine has come into his own. I think the Olympic situation really helped grow his game, of understanding role acceptance,” Daleo stated.

The former Thai national team head coach also lauded the new additions of the Bulls, who appear to have given a glimpse of things to come for the coming season.

“It amazes me, they are getting up and down the floor,” he stated. “It surprises me so far, and maybe this will happen come the regular season that teams will have to control the tempo against the Bulls. If you try to get into a track meet with that club, if you try long shots, long rebounds against that club, you’re gonna have problems because they can get going. They can get up and down the floor."

The veteran mentor feels that the Bulls can make the playoffs next season. However, he opted not to speculate further than that, saying that it depends on the performance and state of other NBA teams.

“Playoffs, yes, but advancing beyond that, I don’t know. We are going to have to see what happens to other clubs,” he explained.

While it seems that the Bulls assembled a formidable cast to share the load with LaVine, Daleo pointed out that the franchise has yet to address the void in the center position,

“They need a legitimate big. They have a pick-and-pop player, he is a good player. A European player who is a fantastic player. But if you get a real low-post presence down there, when teams are going up and down, they are gonna need someone who can help on the bench to help control for a period time of the game. I’m talking about playoff time, not the regular season,” he stressed.

Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls Zach LaVine during one of Chicago Bulls' practice sessions. Photo: Chicago Bulls/Twitter