LAS VEGAS – With a singular final identify that many should do a double-take earlier than spelling, it might have been straightforward to miss a serious uniform error on the Thomas and Mack Middle on Saturday afternoon.
Lauri Markkanen clearly didn’t.
“Proper once I received the jersey on the lodge,” stated the Bulls’ first spherical draft decide of his misspelled final identify on his NBA Summer time League jersey for the primary recreation towards the Mavericks in Las Vegas on Saturday.
As an alternative of being spelled correctly, Lauri’s final named was spelled “Markkenan.” Not sure of who to inform concerning the error, the ahead determined to play on with it for his first recreation with the Bulls since they took him seventh general within the NBA Draft in June.
At the very least it didn’t appear to hassle him.
In his first recreation in a Bulls jersey of any type – even in error – Markkanen led the Bulls’ summer time league with 14 factors in 33 minutes of the sport in a ninety one-seventy five loss to the Mavericks.
The ahead from Arizona raced out of the gates with 9 factors within the first quarter as his first two hoops got here on a pair of dunks. Markkanen was 5-of-eleven from the sector with a pair of three-tips that could go together with a staff-excessive eight rebounds.
But reporters after the sport have been fast to first ask about his jersey, which the group provided to switch within the second half however Markkanen declined. As an alternative, he hopes it will get fastened in time for his subsequent Summer time League recreation towards the Hawks on Monday afternoon.
“I simply hope when the common season comes it doesn’t occur once more,” stated Markkanen.
He can in all probability rely on that even when little else could be in relation to this rebuilding Bulls’ group.