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Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen asked Brian Scalabrine permission to wear No. 24

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Brian Scalabrine #24 of the Chicago Bulls against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington on February 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Remember when Bulls fans berated Michael Carter-Williams for choosing No. 1, previously worn by Derrick Rose, in Chicago?

Lauri Markkanen, whom the Bulls drafted No. 7, took no chances. So, when the rookie wanted No. 24, he sought out… Brian Scalabrine?


Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston:

Yeah, this is old, but it didn’t garner much attention until this week – and is way too good of a story not to pass along.

Personally, I’m just offended on behalf of Tyrus Thomas, who wore No. 24 in Chicago far longer than Scalabrine. Yet, Markkanen didn’t seek Thomas’ permission?