Addressing reporters for the first time since Media Day on Sept. 25, an upbeat Zach LaVine said he plans to be cleared for contact "soon" and remains on track with his left ACL rehab. "It all depends on them. I’m pushing them as hard as I can, but at the end of the day we still gotta be careful. I feel great," LaVine said before Monday's practice. "I’m doing everything I was doing before. I’m pretty sure I can do contact. But we’ve got to stick to that schedule." That schedule always targeted nine months for LaVine to be cleared for contact. LaVine suffered the injury on Feb. 3 while playing for the Timberwolves. Now, the centerpiece of the Bulls' rebuild is eager to be playing games by late November or early December. "With the team that we have and the system that Coach (Fred Hoiberg) put in, we’re going to get up a lot of threes," LaVine said. "When we’re on, we’re going to blow some teams out with those threes. When we’re off, as the last couple games have shown, it’s going to be a struggle to score sometimes. But I think that’s where I can come in and help. And I can’t wait to get out there and start playing." LaVine said whenever he does return, he will play the same way. "I can still jump. I can still get up, take contact through the hoop," he said. "I’m getting ready to be used to that again.’’ Hoiberg confirmed LaVine should be cleared "in the next two weeks" for a "little bit of contact."
Zach LaVine hopeful to be cleared for contact 'soon'
Chicago Tribune | Oct 23