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NBA All-Star to fulfill mandatory military service in Finland during offseason: ‘We take pride in it’

Apr 7, 2023

Utah Jazz All-Star forward Lauri Markkanen has offseason plans.

The 2023 All-Star selection will fulfill his mandatory service in the Finnish military after the season, according to a report by ESPN.

"It's mandatory, we have to do it, but at the same time we take pride in it, too," Markkanen told ESPN. "I think it sets an example to serve. And I'm confident I can do it in a way that it's not going to affect my preparation for next season, either."

In Finland, military service is mandatory for all males by the age of 30.

Markkanen, 25, is scheduled to report to a base in Helsinki either on April 17th or at some point in July.

Source: Fox News

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