NBA Star Reporting For Military Duty

  • Lauri Markkanen just completed the best season of his career, but the Utah Jazz forward is spending his offseason very differently from his National Basketball Association peers: training in the Finnish military.
  • Markkanen, 25, reported on Monday for the mandatory military service that all Finnish men must complete before turning 30.
  • The seven-footer is at the Finnish Defense Forces’ Sports School, which is specifically for conscripted athletes and enables sports training in addition to military training.