How does Zach LaVine fly?

He’s devoted to dad’s football-based drills

In 2015, Zach LaVine became the youngest player to win the Slam Dunk Contest since Kobe Bryant, then he repeated as champion in 2016. Now in his fifth NBA season, the 23-year-old is the leading scorer on the Chicago Bulls, a top-15 scorer in the league, and is widely considered one of the fastest and most athletic players in the NBA.

LaVine’s been training with his dad, former NFL player Paul LaVine, since age 5, and he still comes home to the Seattle area each summer for three months of intense, off-season workouts. The first month focuses on endurance, the second on speed, and the third on power. Paul LaVine’s in charge of it all.

Zach does four days on and three days off. Each day starts with two hours of basketball drills with a trainer. He’ll come home for lunch, then drive to his parents’ house to train at the workout compound that his dad put together. Besides a 50-yard football field, there’s a basketball court, sand pit, inflatable hill and a huge weightlifting gym in the garage…

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