Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls recently finished their game in Paris, where they beat the Detroit Pistons 126-108 on Thursday. LaVine was a big part of the Bulls coming away with this easy win, as he scored 30 points and shot 50.0%.
Chicago (21-24) is still 10th in the Eastern Conference and has work to do, but things are looking up.
After the game, he was asked who he looked up to and why he wore No. 8, leading to a heated exchange between him and a young man.
A young man asked:
“I wear number 8 when I play basketball with my club because you are my idol. So, I was wondering why you wear this number, and who was your idol when you were my age. ?”
Zach LaVine immediately responded with a heartfelt response, praising his idol:
“I appreciate him first, my man. The reason I wore number 8 was because of my idol. Kobe Bryant. So, looking at him, I wanted to do everything he did. I wore 14 in high school because of my dad, and then got into the NBA and wanted to wear 8 because of Kobe. I looked up to Kobe and Michael (Jordan) like a lot of kids growing up in the 90s did.
“I always try to do everything that he’s done, work-wise, hard. So, to be in a position where I have someone like you idolize me, man, it’s full circle, that’s it. So I appreciate it.”
Hearing Zach LaVine say things like that certainly doesn’t come as a surprise to many. At his age, he could watch Kobe Bryant play almost every single night if he wanted to.
Bryant was one of the best players of the late ’90s and early 2000s, and it’s easy to see why some of that generation looked up to him. Not only was he an incredible basketball player, but as LaVine said, he was also a great person and a competitor.