Bulls’ LaVine: ‘I’m ready to get back’

CHICAGO — Zach LaVine will make his much-anticipated debut with the Chicago Bulls Saturday night at the United Center against the Detroit Pistons.

The high-flying shooting guard has fully recovered from a left ACL tear he suffered last February with the Minnesota Timberwolves and is ready to suit up with his new team for the first time after a rigorous rehab.

LaVine, the centerpiece player the Bulls acquired in the Jimmy Butler trade, will be in the Bulls’ starting lineup Saturday and has a limit of 20 minutes per game for at least one week, per head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Naturally, LaVine was all smiles Friday at the Advocate Center while he spoke with reporters ahead of his debut.

“I’m ready to get back to playing again,” LaVine said. “You wait all this time, do all this rehab, it doesn’t simulate actual games. Going through practices and scrimmages doesn’t give you that full itch. Now I have something I can go after.”

Before he tore his ACL with the Timberwolves last season, LaVine was averaging 18.9 points per game and beginning to find his comfort spots on the floor with more regularity compared to his first two years. The 22-year-old is confident he can regain his old form.

“I’m 100 percent,” LaVine said. “I play the same way. You can ask my teammates. I’m still good.”

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