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Lauri Markkanen buys mom a car after signing NBA contract, Nike endorsement deal

“Days like this make all the hard work worth it.”


Lauri Markkanen was praised for having a relentless work ethic in his lone season with the Arizona Wildcats.

The 7-footer did not miss one game and only missed one practice (which was at the request of head coach Sean Miller).

His drive, along with his size and shooting ability, resulted in a fantastic freshman season in which Markkanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from 3, and 83.5 percent from the free throw line.

It also led the Finn to be a first round NBA Draft pick, as he was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves before being dealt to the Chicago Bulls in a trade for All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.

Markkanen signed his first NBA contract — and an endorsement deal with Nike — shortly after that, and evidently he used some of that new cash flow to reward his mom with a new car.

Not that it really matters, but the new ride is a Toyota, and one of Markkanen’s Twitter followers was not too happy about that since he is going to make $3.8 million this season.

Ex-Wildcat Kobi Simmons also bought his mom a car after signing with the Memphis Grizzlies (a Range Rover), and some people weren’t happy about that either.

In other news, people are the worst sometimes.