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Getty Zach LaVine drives to the basket in a February 22 game against the Houston Rockets.

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has been named to the NBA’s 2021 All-Star reserves.

 

Shams Charania of The Athletic characteristically confirmed it half an hour before the NBA’s national broadcast and reveal, via his Twitter account:

Sources: 2021 NBA All-Star reserves:

West: Chris Paul, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis

East: James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021

As much as it isn’t a surprise, it still holds a sticker shock value for fans.

LaVine is having a career season, but in an Eastern Conference that features a number of qualified guards. The most notable name Chicago’s top player surpassed? Atlanta’s Trae Young.

LaVine is averaging career highs across the board this season for a Bulls team that’s just reentered the Eastern Conference playoff picture: 28.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists nightly. He’s scored 35 or more points in five of the team’s last nine games and has proved he can be the centerpiece of an NBA offense, now in his seventh year.

The NBA is planning to hold its 2021 All-Star game on March 7th. Tip-off is at 8:00 pm EST.

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He is, after all, the man who took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times to say "Dear Los Angeles, You're welcome" after signing with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

In a recent interview, the current AC Milan striker essentially told Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James to "stick to sports" and was critical of athletes' social activism.

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"(LeBron) is phenomenal at what he's doing, but I don't like when people have some kind of status, they go and do politics at the same time," Ibrahimovic told UEFA for Discovery+ in Sweden. "Do what you're good at. Do the category you do. I play football because I'm the best at playing football. I don't do politics. If I would be a political politician, I would do politics.

© TIZIANA FABI, AFP via Getty Images Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 14 goals in 13 Serie A appearances for AC Milan this season.

"That is the big first mistake people do when they become famous and they become in a certain status. Stay out of it. Just do what you do best because it doesn't look good."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic uppskattar basketspelaren Lebron James men tycker inte att han ska lägga sig i politiken: "Lebron är fenomenal på det han gör, men jag gillar inte när folk med status lägger sig i politik"

Lång intervju med Zlatan Ibrahimovic: https://t.co/oXm5gjmhKv pic.twitter.com/J3L82GWLD6

— discovery+ sport ???????? (@dplus_sportSE) February 25, 2021

James has never been shy of his criticism of former President Donald Trump for his divisive rhetoric, and publicly expressed his support of the presidential candidacy of Joe Biden. In June, James helped form "More Than a Vote," which focused on improving voter turnout and reducing voter suppression in the Black community. In January, James said "it would be great" to visit President Joe Biden at the White House to celebrate the Lakers' 2019-20 season championship. Trump never hosted an NBA champion during his four years in office.

Ibrahimovic spent two years playing professional soccer in the United States, scoring two of the greatest goals in MLS history during his time with the Galaxy. In December 2019, Ibrahimovic joined AC Milan, and his goal-scoring prowess has the squad in contention for the Serie A title.

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