Finland has a picture of Lauri Markkanen stuffing Goran Dragic on milk cartons
Lauri Markkanen is a star in his native Finland. The Chicago Bulls big man turned heads all throughout the league during his rookie season, averaging 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on his way to NBA All-Rookie first-team honors.
It’s no surprise that Finns are crazy about their native son. They’re so wild about Markkanen that they’ve apparently taken to putting a picture of him blocking Goran Dragic on their milk cartons now, according to Reddit user Hingeroostis.
Dragic is a star in his own home country of Slovenia, but in this case, he’s on the wrong end of this milk carton. But this photo looks like it was taking during EuroBasket 2017, in which case, Dragic got the last laugh. Dragic led Slovenia to the championship and took home MVP honors.
Not to mention, Dragic and Slovenia took down Finland in their group stage game, 81-78. Dragic led all scorers with 29 points. But Markannen was no slouch himself. The 7-footer led Finland with 24 points, but it wasn’t enough to dethrone Dragic.
Markkanen and Dragic could meet again in this year’s All-Star Game. The Eastern Conference’s talent pool is significantly diluted and Dragic made the team last season. There’s a good chance he could make the squad again. Additionally, Markkanen could shock the NBA and take a big enough leap to sneak into the exhibition. It may be unlikely, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.