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LaVine's reaction to Billy Donovan hire caught on livestream

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Zach LaVine found out about the Bulls hiring Billy Donovan as the franchise's next head coach the same way all of us did: Sitting at home.

Well, not exactly. LaVine, and the rest of the Bulls, are currently isolating at a downtown Chicago hotel in preparation for voluntary group workouts at the Advocate Center beginning Wednesday.

To pass the time, LaVine was streaming Call of Duty on Facebook Gaming when he received the news, meaning his live reaction was caught on camera. He approves:

"Oh damn, we got Billy Donovan as our next coach," LaVine can be heard saying. "Wow. That'll be good... Really good coach."

Given the Bulls' best player's tumultuous relationship with Donovan's predecessor, Jim Boylen, and Artūras Karnišovas' stated emphasis on player relationships and development in the coaching search, that feels significant.

Here's how LaVine responded on Twitter to the Bulls officially announcing the move:

Donovan comes to Chicago from Oklahoma City, where he helmed the Thunder for the past five seasons. He coached the Thunder to a cumulative 243-157 regular-season record (.608) in his time there, and made the playoffs each year.

Before jumping to the NBA, of course, Donovan won two national championships at the University of Florida, where he fostered the growth of Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Bradley Beal and countless other future pros. His playing career consisted of four years at Providence, and 44 NBA appearances for the New York Knicks in 1987-88.

Now, he's the 21st full-time head coach of the Bulls, looking to right the rebuild. A big-name hire to cap a summer of upheaval for the team.

 

"We are very pleased to welcome Billy and his family to the Chicago Bulls. The success that he has sustained over the course of his coaching career puts him on a different level,” Karnišovas said in a statement. “We feel his ability to help his players reach their potential, both individually and collectively, will mesh well with our roster. Whether as a player or as a coach, he has won everywhere his career has taken him, and we hope that will continue here in Chicago."

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