Timberwolves fans are curious about UCLA’s Zach LaVine, who started one game as a freshman and averaged 9.4 points per game in his only college season. Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations and head coach Flip Saunders called LaVine the best athlete in the draft and said the organization went for a “home run” with a high-upside, high-risk 19-year-old.
Will LaVine pan out as a lottery-level NBA talent? We probably won’t know that for years.
A more pressing question: What exactly did LaVine say moments after hearing his name was called — and what was the context for him saying it? We’ve posted the video above. A ton of folks on Twitter think LaVine dropped an f-bomb and that he was upset about coming here. We’ve watched it over and over, and we’ll call it inconclusive — and even if he said something, we’re not convinced it was in a negative way.
Saunders was asked about it during his press briefing, and while he said he didn’t see the reaction, Saunders said it would surprise him if it was negative based on talking to LaVine’s agent because the player felt he was a good fit in Minnesota and wanted to come here.
His agent, Bill Duffy, tells the AP that LaVine is “happy as heck” to be a Timberwolves player and that cameras caught a moment of relief.
That’s where we stand now. We’re supposed to hear from the young man himself a little later on, and we’ll update then. For now, please do keep enjoying the suits.
UPDATE: LaVine was asked about the expletive controversy during his conference call at 9:30 Thursday night, and he seemed to cop to the fact that he might have dropped an f-bomb, but he said it was out of relief and emotion.
“I can’t be more happy,” LaVine said. “I might have uttered something completely wrong, but …”