The Finnish basketball federation announced today the presence of Markkanen on those two games which are scheduled on the 29th of June and the 2nd of July. “It’s nice to wear again the Finland jersey in front of our home fans. We have created memories for a lifetime during the Eurobasket games which were played in Finland and now it’s time to create some more memories”, said Markkanen.
The dynamic played out most dramatically when Rose sat out the 2012-13 season entirely following his first surgery to repair a torn left ACL. The Bulls at one point leaked that Rose had been physically cleared to play. “A lot has been said and written about it,” Armstrong said, addressing the topic publicly for the first time. “Behind closed doors when you have an injury like that, it’s very significant. You don’t know how people are going to respond to it.”
BJ Amstrong: “I know how badly Derrick wanted to win for Chicago and what he wanted to do for the city. I’m just heartbroken about it because I know how much Chicago means to him and how much that team meant to him. But you know what? It’s part of it. Maybe someday he’ll talk more about it. But that was such a trying time for him because he wanted that more than anything. Wherever he’s at, Chicago is home — no ifs, ands or buts about it.”
Armstrong represents Derrick Rose, Denzel Valentine, Draymond Green and Suns promising rookie Josh Jackson, among many others. He negotiated Rose’s monster, $185 million lifetime deal with Adidas. And ne now gets to do a different kind of business with Reinsdorf and Paxson, his former backcourt competitor on the Bulls’ first three-peat team. “It hasn’t been awkward at all. Actually, it’s been quite pleasant,” Armstrong said of negotiating with the Bulls. “I consider Jerry (Reinsdorf) a mentor. And I consider John a friend. I’ve known John for almost 30 years.”
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One dicey topic remains: the pending contract negotiations with soon-to-be restricted free agent Zach LaVine. And Paxson wasn’t in a position to clear things up. “Well, the market dictates a lot and how things go,’’ Paxson said. “I think the market has tightened up a little bit the last couple of years since the spike. We obviously value Zach a lot, and we think he’s a part of our future, but he has the opportunity to explore things. “Gar will get with his agent at the appropriate time and begin discussions about that, and it will play out the way it will play out. But we think he fits the direction we’re going, and we have great faith in his ability that he’ll have a great summer in terms of his work and his improvement as a player, and we’ll see. It’s up in the air and not defined yet, but we’ll do it the way we feel is right, and we’ll have good communication with Zach and his agent.’’