It’s all about legs, legs, legs.
In November, after falling into a 13-0 hole against the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylan took Zach LaVine, the team’s starting point guard and leading scorer, off the court. The Heat went on to win 116-108—a late surge by the Bulls making the score look less lopsided—but the decision to sit LaVine stirred speculation on trust between player and coach. The very next night, LaVine scored a career-high 49 points and went 13-of-13 on 3-pointers, tying Steph Curry for an NBA record. He also hit the game winner, giving his team a 116-115 win over the Hornets. Speculation—perhaps—over.
Men’s Health caught up with LaVine the week before all those ups and downs for an inside look at player who does the literal up and down better than just about anyone in the league: the dunk. And how does the 2x NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion do the dunk? “I feel like I got a lot of it from working out and doing plyometrics—doing different squats,” explains LaVine, as he shows us down to the basement of his Chicago apartment, which he’s converted into an iron man cave. “I worked extremely hard at it with weights and jumping.”