Picturing the Chicago Bulls as “Game of Thrones” characters

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Zach LaVine — Jon Snow

8000 years ago, the longest winter of all time fell over Westeros. The Night King and his white walkers wished to eradicate humanity forever. It was only through the leadership of the fabled Azor Ahai, that the Night King was defeated and banished back north. However, a time would come again when another hero would need to save Westeros.

For Chicago Bulls fans, it must feel like 8000 years have passed since Michael Jordan last donned a Bulls uniform. Since then, Chicago has been anxiously waiting for another messiah to carry the city back to the promised land. Derrick Rose seemed like he could be that guy, until his story was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances just like Robb Stark.

Then Jon Snow came along. Nobody thought much of Snow, just another bastard bound for the Wall. Nobody thought much of Zach LaVine, just another injured lottery ticket to help trade away Jimmy Butler. But they were wrong, about Snow and about LaVine. Now for the first time in a long time, the Bulls have someone they can believe in.

But he can’t do it alone. Jon Snow isn’t invincible and neither is LaVine. Jon could not have defeated Ramsay Bolton without his sister Sansa and he could not have defeated the Night King without his sister Arya. Jon never delivered the killing blow to either of his two greatest foes, but he did enough to win each battle. LaVine will also have to learn to depend on his teammates, setting the table winning as a team instead of employing ‘hero ball’ tactics.