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Lauri Markkanen knows Bulls fans aren’t thrilled with his start to the season, says it’s ‘easy’ to block out the noise

Lauri Markkanen

Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen knows Chicago fans aren’t thrilled with his start to the season.

Bulls fans expected Markkanen to play at a near-All-Star level this season and help Chicago compete for a playoff spot. The Bulls are 5-10 on the season and Markkanen is shooting just 37.3 percent from the field.

While he knows there’s a lot of outside noise surrounding him, Markkanen says it’s “easy” to block it all out.

“Obviously you hear stuff,” Markkanen said after the Thursday practice, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’m not going to pretend I don’t hear anything, but I don’t pay attention to that. People don’t know what really goes into it, they don’t know what your position is. It’s easy to block out.

“I’m serious, it’s easy. You know the hours you put in during the offseason and you know the work you did. It just doesn’t always go your way. Let the work that I did be my confidence that I can move from this, and I can do it. The people outside this building only see the stat lines. They don’t know what really goes into it, so why should I pay attention to that?”

Markkanen is averaging 14.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for the Bulls. Along with his poor shooting percentage from the field, Lauri is shooting 29.1 percent from beyond the arc.

There’s still a long season ahead for the Bulls, though, and Markkanen has the skills to turn this thing around. Let’s see if he can do it, sooner rather than later.