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Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
With just over four minutes left, Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton caught a pass near the top of the key as his defender slipped. Connaughton then took two hard dribbles to his right and threw down a violent one-handed dunk over Blue Devils star Jabari Parker, the eventual No. 2 pick of the NBA Draft. The immediate reaction was more of surprise than admiration. “This is what I love about college basketball, folks,” color commentator Greg Anthony told the CBS audience. “You don’t have to have the most talent.” A few moments later, a referee walked over to Connaughton during a break. “I had no idea you could do that,” the official told him.
The Milwaukee Bucks returned to the playoffs this season and they have a bright future ahead of them with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker leading the way. They also have a new look for next season, and the pair of 20-year-old forwards were on hand as the Bucks unveiled it on Saturday.
While Payne has been a Lakers’ fan, he doesn’t have any preference as to which NBA team selects him. He wouldn’t have any problem playing for the Bucks. “Milwaukee has a lot of great pieces,’’ Payne said. “The Greek Freak (Giannis Antetokounmpo) really took a big step up this season. And I played against Jabari Parker in AAU when I was a junior. He’s cold. He can do it all. “I think the Bucks have the potential to have a big-time season with a couple more pieces.’’
A Bucks official said Jabari Parker, who appeared to be the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year honors before suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear in mid-December, is ahead of schedule with his rehab. While Parker won’t play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July, he is expected to be ready to roll for training camp in the fall.
But the 20-year-old Parker is looking forward to rejoining his teammates on the court and believes he is on schedule to take part in training camp in the fall. “I’m feeling great,” Parker said after the Bucks players’ exit interviews at the team training center Friday. “I think I’m going to stay around here for June. “July I will be out in summer league (in Las Vegas) and eventually be on the court, not playing, of course. “After that in August maybe do a combined session with some (other) forwards. We’ll go out somewhere; I don’t know where we’re going to train. “I’d be right on schedule for where I want to go. It prepares me right before the season to get the wind going. It’s always good to be a part of the team in the preseason.”
Kidd said rookie Jabari Parker is on schedule in the early stages of his recovery from anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Parker, a Chicago native, suffered a torn left ACL in a Dec. 15 game in Phoenix. He played 25 games and averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds before suffering the season-ending injury. “It’s tough as a rookie to have that type of injury,” Kidd said. “But one, I think he’s in good spirits. And two, he’s done everything for rehabbing and he’s excited to get back. He’s around the team. He comes to shootarounds still, being able to learn the game from a different seat. When he comes back on the court, the game becomes a little easier for him because he’s seen it all.”
Already without No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker and center Larry Sanders, the surprising Bucks suffered another blow Saturday when they announced that reserve point guard Kendall Marshall would be lost for the season with a torn ACL. Marshall hurt the knee Thursday when the Bucks faced the Knicks in London. ”He’s been great for us,” said Bucks coach Jason Kidd. ”It’s disappointing. It’s an unfortunate accident for a player who was playing well.”
Jabari Parker’s long road to recovery officially starts today. As expected, the second overall pick in the 2014 draft went under the knife in New York on Monday to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Per the team’s official release this evening: Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced that rookie forward Jabari Parker underwent successful surgery today to repair his left ACL injury. The surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. David Altchek with Bucks orthopaedic physician Dr. Michael Gordon assisting. Parker is expected to miss the remainder of the season while he recovers and progresses through his rehabilitation process. A timeline for his return to basketball activity will be established at a later date. Parker suffered the injury in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s win at Phoenix on Dec. 15.
David Aldridge: With him, do you see what the future could be like for the Bucks, with the two of you? Giannis Antetokounmpo: Definitely. I definitely see the future, especially with Jabari. He’s a great teammate. So of course you see the future with him. Hopefully everything is good and everything goes well, we keep winning, and the future is brighter.
David Aldridge: Before Jabari was injured, what would the two of you talk about what he saw on the court, and how it compared with what you saw? Giannis Antetokounmpo: I tried to talk to him whenever I see him, try to say a few things to him, and just try to build a relationship between us. He’s a great player, a great kid. First of all, he plays hard. He practice hard. He’s going to be a great player in this league, and it’s great to talk about that kind of player, at such a young age. He makes me work harder. He makes me want to compete more … It was great playing with him, especially whenever he had the ball, the defensive guys load on him and he gives me opportunities, so whenever the ball swings on me, to drive, play one on one. Now that he’s out, it will be harder, because the load will be on me, and not so many opportunities. But it’s not about that. It’s about what’s going on now. Jabari knows to get quickly healthy, and get back as soon as possible, and stronger, and try to play again and get together and compete next year.
The No. 2 overall pick in last June’s NBA draft has an unassuming persona and approaches his craft like a hungry, undrafted rookie. His unpretentious demeanor, coupled with his team-oriented goals, hasn’t gone unnoticed by his more experienced peers. “There’s no attitude with Jabari,” Bucks veteran forward Jared Dudley said. “You can definitely tell he was raised well. You can see his humble approach. He’s got a great personality.”
Another Hall of Fame in-waiting inductee, Bucks coach Jason Kidd, said Parker’s exquisite all-around game is somewhat similar to that of James. “When you look at Jabari, he does a lot of special things,” Kidd said. “I don’t know if I ever said he would be the next LeBron; their games are a little different. But Jabari does a lot of things really well just like LeBron.”
A vexing player at the top of the draft was Dante Exum, a point guard from Australia who was projected to be taken among the top four selections. Smith had done player personality analyses but wanted to validate them by having Hill present his player assessments first. The Bucks selected Jabari Parker with their top pick, and Exum fell to Utah at No. 5. “Nothing against Exum, but emotional resiliency, stability and an immediate, assured presence were all key considerations in support of selecting Parker,” Hill said.