CHICAGO – It was just over a week-and-a-half ago that the NBA took the first drastic step in the sports world when it came to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert and guard Donovan Mitchell’s positive test for COVID-19, the NBA officially suspended their season on the night of March 11th. Just 24 hours later, every major sports league announced they were shutting down for the moment, and the NCAA canceled their men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
With access to team facilities limited, and no team activities going on, many players have had to find ways to fill the time. Bulls’ guard Zach LaVine has managed to do both so far, both through activity and charity.
On Friday, Zach LaVine posted this video of himself playing with his dog Grizzly outdoors on a basketball court at his home. The American Bulldog was eager to challenge his shot, but LaVine did hit the hoop in the video.
While the guard is having fun, he’s also reaching out to his hometown to help those in need during the pandemic.
A native of the Seattle area, LaVine donated 12,500 meals to the city through Feeding America on Friday evening. As of then, 1,793 cases of COVID-19 and 94 deaths had been in the state of Washington, with many in King County, where Seattle is located.
“As you know, I grew up here in Seattle and will always be #seattlestrong,” said LaVine.
So far he’s doing his best after his best season in the NBA was put on hold for the moment. In 60 games, LaVine was averaging a career-high 25.5 points and 4.8 rebounds a game while also averaging 4.2 assists per contest.