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Washington-native Zach LaVine "waiting" for Seattle to have an NBA team once again

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We won’t bore you with more of the ‘Bring back the Sonics’ or ‘Why Seattle doesn’t have an NBA team’ talk because frankly the conversation is short and sweet: there should be an NBA team in Seattle, Washington. 

Since the Seattle SuperSonics departed from the PNW on a dark, gloomy day on July 2, 2008, the sports scene in Seattle has never been the same. There just seems to be something missing because honestly there is quite the hoops talent coming out of the Emerald City.

One NBA player in particular knows it: Renton, Washington native and current Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine.

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LaVine played high school basketball at Bothell High School in Bothell, Washington, which is approximately 25 minutes northeast of downtown Seattle. After three years playing varsity basketball and being named the 2013 Associated Press Washington state player of the year as a senior, LaVine then went on to play one season of collegiate ball at UCLA.

He averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in all 37 games. LaVine was then selected in the first round, No. 13 overall in 2014 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

After three seasons in Minnesota, LaVine has spent the last four in Chicago where the 2x NBA Dunk Champion is having an all-star caliber year with the Bulls. 


LaVine caught up with our friends over at NBC Sports Chicago on the latest Bulls Talk Podcast to discuss more on his upbringing and how the Seattle hoops scene impacted his playing career.

“From my experience, the older guys and pros take you under their wing really early,” explained LaVine. “I remember going up and playing at Garfield [High School] and Franklin High School at some pro runs with Jamal Crawford, Isaiah Thomas, Aaron Brooks… You can name all these guys take you under their wing and show you how it is and what Seattle basketball is like…

Seattle is a basketball town. Obviously we’re all waiting for a team to go back there, but during that time, we are the pros there and I think we put on a show for the city during the time being.

Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine

Here are just some of the players from Seattle who have had successful careers in the NBA: Jamal Crawford (21 years in the NBA), Avery Bradley (10-year veteran now playing for the Miami Heat), Dejounte Murray (5 years with the San Antonio Spurs), Jason Terry (No. 10 overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft), Isaiah Thomas (currently a free agent but his time in Boston was legendary)…

The basketball scene is just too talented in the Seattle area to not have an NBA team anymore.