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February 23, 2015 Updates

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." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 18, 2015 Updates

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.'' NBA.com

January 6, 2015 Updates

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. Brew Hoop

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December 29, 2014 Updates

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. NBA.com

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. NBA.com

December 27, 2014 Updates

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.” Racine Journal-Times

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.” Racine Journal-Times

December 26, 2014 Updates

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. New York Times

December 21, 2014 Updates
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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

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