As All-Star weekend approaches, Derrick Rose did a book signing at Barbara’s Bookstore inside of Macy’s in the Loop.

MVP chants in a bookstore.  Dude is one of our most beloved figures.  Wish he were competing this weekend.  But also glad he can just chill and enjoy.  And sell a few thousand books:

But there might be one sweet surprise awaiting Bulls fans…could Zach LaVine be planning a surprise appearance in the dunk contest?

Obviously an unsubstantiated rumor at this point.  But if he pulled off that dunk -a 360 from the free throw line – MJ in 1988 with a spin added – Holy Smokes that might light things up around Chicago.

Not that he’d need friendly judges if he pulled that off – but these judges don’t hurt:

Imagine this:   LaVine wins the 3-point contest, outshooting the likes of Devin Booker and Trae Young.  Then he shocks everyone by appearing in the dunk contest.  He wins his 3rd dunk contest in a showdown with dunk rival Aaron Gordon on the power of that 360 free throw line dunk.  Chicago goes bonkers.  He starts getting the respect he deserves.  He starts getting calls from refs.  His game continues its upwards trajectory and his confidence keeps rising.  Suddenly, the Bulls have the one thing they’ve been missing: a superstar.  And still young, at 24 years old.  And someday I can tell young people the story of the 2020 All-Star Game weekend at United Center.  Up to that point, Bulls basketball had been in a state of severe turmoil.  But one February weekend, that all changed…

 

Hey, a guy can dream, right?