Things are very polite in the Chicago Bulls locker room, but conflict is coming. No matter whether Marvin Bagley or DeAndre Ayton walks through that door to help this ailing team, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn are due for some uncomfortable moments. They both know it, too. Someone will have to take the lead for the Bulls and a pecking order must be established. This isn't conflict that will lead to fisticuffs but competitiveness will overflow. “It's gonna be a tug of war, a tug and pull between somebody,” LaVine said to NBCSportsChicago.com Monday night. “That's for us to figure out. It's either with somebody's play or mentality-wise; we have to be better with that.” LaVine wants to take the reins. "Can't be friends with everybody," LaVine said. "That's just the way it is sometimes." He says he's ready. "If you put anybody in that right mindset they can turn into that dude," LaVine said. Even with a disaster like Monday where the Bulls were run out of the United Center by the Boston Celtics, down by as many as 37 points, everyone is still getting by under the cover of being a young team trying to find itself. Friday’s win against Dallas, where LaVine, Dunn and Lauri Markkanen all made big shots late, is the outlier. Expectations for all will rise next season, and with them some natural friction will develop. Right now, everybody’s being nice.
Mutual respect tug of war between Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn shows conflict is coming
NBC Sports Chicago | Mar 8