Bulls' Markkanen cleared for basketball activities

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 12, 2019 08:17 AM
Bulls' Markkanen cleared for basketball activities
CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 15: Lauri Markkanen #24 of the World Team dunks the ball against the U.S. Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars Game on February 15, 2019 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has been cleared to resume full basketball activities after missing the final two weeks of the season because of a heart problem.

The Bulls announced Thursday (Friday, PHL time) that he was cleared after examinations by cardiologists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Johns Hopkins.

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Markkanen left a game at Toronto on March 26 (Mar. 27, PHL time) because of extreme fatigue and an accelerated heart rate. The team says doctors at Rush and Johns Hopkins determined dehydration and nutrient deficiency caused the problem.

The Bulls say Markkanen will begin his offseason training in his native Finland and return to Chicago in midsummer. The seven-footer averaged 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in his second season as Chicago went 22-60.

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