Chicago Bulls star guard Zach LaVine had enough of sitting home and watching his Bulls play. The Bulls planned to have LaVine back to action sometime later this week but the star guard returned to action on Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
LaVine was sidelined for five games due to a left knee injury. "I got tired of just sitting at home watching," LaVine said during a video call Monday night following his return in the Bulls' 111-110 victory over the Thunder, per ESPN.
"I'm about as healthy as I can get. It just sucks sitting at home and not being able to help."
LaVine felt he was ready to return
LaVine felt perfectly fine in the last few days so there was no doubt he could play against the Thunder.
"I just didn't want to wait any longer," LaVine said. "I've been working out at home and just this is about as healthy as my knee is going to get. Obviously nothing is structurally wrong like they said. I felt fine; I just got tired of watching the games." The Bulls got LaVine back but they rested star guard DeMar DeRozan.
DeRozan scored 41 points on Sunday night so the Bulls gave him a night off on Monday. "With the stretch that we've had with these makeup games and so many games condensed, there would be conversations that we have," Bulls coach Billy Donovan said prior to the game.
"With DeMar, physically just where he's at, he needs a break here." Bulls guard Alex Caruso had a surgery on Monday while Lonzo Ball is also scheduled for a surgery. "Everybody deals with it," LaVine said of the Bulls' rash of injuries.
"Nobody is going to care. We just learn how to play like this. I'm happy the way these guys have been battling. That's why I wanted to come back and play and do my part as well. Like I said, I can't stand just sitting at home watching knowing I can help."