Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Zach LaVine (UCLA) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number thirteen overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Zach LaVine says he isn't upset Timberwolves drafted him


The Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to get one former UCLA Bruins player to stay with them long term and in the process they drafted another who is going to be a part of the team whether he likes it or not.

There’s an emphasis on that last bit as Zach LaVine is going to be in Minnesota for the next three or four years no matter if he wants to leave sunny California for the frozen basketball boneyards of Minneapolis or not.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the new Timberwolves guard clarified that he wasn’t cursing at the fact that Minnesota drafted him on Thursday night, rather he he was just getting caught up in the moment.

“When my named got called, I lost it,” LaVine said. “It was almost in like disbelief that I said that, I think. I felt bad, you know, that’s not the best first impression.”

It’s hard to say if this is a cover up or if LaVine truly was caught up in the moment but he nevertheless looked less than pleased to have been selected by the Wolves.

Still, he seems to nw be settling into inevitability as there’s no getting around playing for the Timberwolves and it seems that even if LaVine was indeed a little bummed that Minnesota is now his basketball home, then he’s starting to be more open to being part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

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