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Lauri Markkanen trying to live a normal life while being an NBA player

Bulls, Lauri Markkanen

Often times, you hear a lot of stories about players who tend to overspend once they’ve reached the NBA. Once players start to earn millions, they go after luxurious cars, large houses, and expensive foods. Of course, that is not wrong. After all, they have worked hard to earn that money.

But Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, he still prefers to live a simple life despite becoming more and more popular each passing day.

In an interview with GQ.com’s Scott Cunningham, the 21-year old forward said he still prefers the simple way of living, because he’s able to be with his family more.

“Everyone tells me, “You can’t go to grocery stores like that here.” But I try to live as normally as possible. Me, my wife, and the baby will go to Whole Foods. That’s why I haven’t needed a chef—because we both like to cook. It’s a priority for me to take care of my body, and I love to be with my family at the same time.”

Markkanen is still covered by his rookie deal with the Bulls, which will run the 2020-21 season. He’s projected to make around $5 million this season and the next, then up to $9 million for the final year of his contract.

Not all NBA players have the same mentality as Markkanen, but for the former seventh overall pick, being simple and low-key is the best way to live one’s life.