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Should we be concerned about Lauri Markkanen?

Preseason either means something, or it’s all worthless.

I doubt many believe in the latter, considering the positives. Not when Zach LaVine has looked so good, and the offense more broadly has finally joined the rest of the league on the cutting edge.

So it’s only fair to also acknowledge what didn’t go to plan: the play of Lauri Markkanen.

Let me preface: I’m not worried about the long-term growth and development of Markkanen, a 22-year-old entering his third season. Nor am I suggesting the outcome of these preseason games will dictate how an entire season may play out for him and the Bulls.