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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

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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

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

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