On Feb. 3, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine drove to the hole against the Detroit Pistons and landed awkwardly. The injury was diagnosed as a torn ACL, and LaVine was done for the season.
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2017 was LaVine’s best season in the NBA. The 2-time Dunk Contest Champion averaged a career-high 18.9 points and 3.4 rebounds and shot 45 percent from the floor in the 47 games he played in.
But the 22-year-old vowed he would be back better than ever.
Working hard to make that happen, LaVine has improved quickly. Just a couple months after his surgery, his Timberwolves teammate, point guard Ricky Rubio, couldn’t believe how fast LaVine was recovering.
“It seems like he didn’t have surgery,” Rubio told nba.com. “He’s walking around here, and me and [Brandon Rush] spent like six weeks with crutches. He’s shooting already. He’s a freak athlete, and you can tell the way he’s recovering, if the season was one or two months more, he probably would play.”
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Now LaVine is running again. He recently posted a couple of videos on Instagram showing himself running on an anti-gravity treadmill. It won’t be long before LaVine is back on the court throwing down big dunks for the Wolves.