HoopsHype Jabari Parker rumors

December 18, 2014 Updates

Bucks General Manager John Hammond sensed from his first encounter with Parker that the player’s desire to be special, plus his support system, separated him from other rookies. “He came in for his press conference and I’m sitting there next to him and I’m thinking, ‘Is this guy 19 or 29?’ Because he had that kind of poise, that kind of maturity about him already,” Hammond said. Washington Post

Bucks Coach Jason Kidd benched Parker for the entire fourth quarter of wins against Memphis and Oklahoma City last month. After matching his season low with six points in a similarly season-low 21 minutes in the Thunder win, Parker emerged from the training room with an ice pack on his right shoulder — the result of a strain suffered during summer league — but offered no excuses or complaints. “No need to get back out there if it’s working,” Parker said, while adding Kidd didn’t need to explain his decision for not playing him in those situations. “I can get an idea of what I need to do to stay on the floor. Be aggressive, do things that I can do on the defensive end, to make sure I can do my assignments.” Washington Post

Now Parker is left with a long road to recovery. But he is also left with the measured calm of an “old soul.” And he is left with that imagination he lauded to the children at Discovery World. The scoring touch that propelled him to average 14.3 points on shooting 60.6 percent in six games in December, including a 22-point game against James’s Cavaliers, will do him little good in the days ahead. Wisdom and imagination — tools that have brought him so far already — must now be relied upon once again. “For me, stay consistent, stay on yourself,” Parker said when asked about motivations in November. “The goal is to try to be remembered as much as possible. Washington Post

Parker began fantasizing about a career in the NBA when he was about 6. He grew up watching old tapes of his father, Sonny, a wing with the Warriors in the late ’70s and early ‘80s. He studied the greats while watching “NBA Hardwood Classics” and mimicked their moves at the Mormon Church in Chicago’s Hyde Park. But as he navigated through his lone season at Duke, and his play began to resemble that of a high lottery pick, the dream gave way to angst and the road ahead of him became real. “I was afraid of leaving, afraid of what could happen in the future,” Parker said. “You don’t want to go away from school. You grow up when you go away from school. Nobody wants to grow up.” Washington Post

December 17, 2014 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: Kidd on Jabari: "I thought he was doing everything as a rookie, being able to play both ends and help the team win... It's sad that a good kid like this who is doing all the right things and an injury like that takes him out for the season." Twitter @cf_gardner

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is expected to miss the rest of his rookie season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced Tuesday night. Parker, 19, will have surgery after suffering a complete tear -- not a sprain, as was initially diagnosed -- in the third quarter of the Bucks' dramatic 96-94 win Monday night in Phoenix. ESPN.com

Parker's knee buckled on a drive to the basket, after which he collided with the Suns' P.J. Tucker. He had to be carried off the court by teammates and underwent an MRI on Tuesday in Milwaukee that revealed the tear. ESPN.com

December 16, 2014 Updates

Bucks rookie forward Jabari Parker returned to Milwaukee on Tuesday and was scheduled to be examined by doctors to determine the extent of a left knee injury he suffered in the Bucks' 96-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Parker was hurt early in the third quarter as he drove in transition. His left knee buckled before contact and he went to the floor holding his knee. He tried to get up and could not and was carried off the floor by two teammates. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

December 6, 2014 Updates

Parker is averaging 29.7 minutes per game through the first 20 games of the season. Monitoring Parker’s minutes at the current pace could keep him fresher for a longer period, but at what cost? “Kidd’s hurting Jabari by not giving him enough playing time,” an Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops. “He’s 19 years old. He should be playing at least 35 minutes a game. Instead, he’s playing 29. That sounds like not a big deal, but seven or eight minutes per game adds up. It’s a lot of experience.” SheridanHoops

“He has to create better shots for himself,” an Eastern Conference executive told SheridanHoops. At 6’8” and 240 pounds, Parker is considered a tweener at the forward position. “All those guys that have become big-time scorers have had better bodies,” an Eastern Conference executive told SheridanHoops. “He’s got to tone up.” SheridanHoops

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