Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen will reportedly not play in the World Cup

Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has reportedly made a decision on whether or not he will participate in the World Cup this fall.

Lauri Markkanen’s first season in the NBA was amazing. He not only surprised Bulls fans, but also the front office. He finished his rookie season averaging 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He showed the NBA world that he isn’t just a shooter and that there is more to his game.

Lauri Markkanen is on a mission this summer.

Despite having a strong rookie season, the Chicago Bulls wanted Markkanen to add more strength this offseason. Markkanen heard loud and clear what the Bulls said and is doing everything he can to make that happen. Markkanen is not messing around this summer. He has been putting in the work.

Lauri has definitely gotten stronger this summer and he confirmed it to the Chicago Tribune.

Lauri Markkanen recently talked to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

“Everybody has been saying I’m bigger, but I don’t know about all that,” Markkanen told the Chicago Tribune. “I just know I feel good. I’ve put on about 14 pounds. In general, I feel stronger. Hopefully, I can keep this weight up and play with it because I feel it will help my game.”

MTV Sports (Finnish media) has reported that Lauri Markkanen will not play in the World Cup qualifier this fall. Finland will play Bosnia and Herzegovina and France in September, but Markkanen won’t be part of the team.

MTV Sports reports that the reason Markkanen won’t play in the World Cup this fall is because he’s focusing on training and preparing for this upcoming Bulls season. This is the kind of commitment that the front office loves to see.

The kid wants to be great in the NBA, and is committed to putting in the work. The 2018-2019 NBA season is getting closer and closer, and Lauri Markkanen is getting ready to have a big second year in the NBA.