It was just another reminder that the hype surrounding Zach LaVine’s return needs to be toned down just a bit. One day after having his toughest practice since being cleared by doctors for full contact, LaVine was feeling the aftereffects before the game against the Suns. Sore hamstrings and sore quads brought a dose of reality, and the hope that he could return earlier than anticipated had to be tempered. “We just have to be really careful about not overloading him too early in this process as he returns to the floor,’’ coach Fred Hoiberg said. “But he’s itching to get back. He’s a competitor, he’s a worker, he’s a kid that always wants to be out on the floor doing extra stuff, but, yeah, we’re going to have to hold him back a little bit as we go along and just continue to progress.’’ LaVine tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last February, and the initial timetable pointed to a late-December return. But he was healing so well and was so driven in his rehab that an early-December return seemed possible at the start of the season.
Coach Fred Hoiberg cools down the Zach LaVine return hype
Chicago Sun-Times | Nov 29