NBA Rumor: Jabari Parker Injury

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Frank Urbina: Jabari Parker return set for Friday. Here are his visualized offensive percentiles from last season, courtesy of @NBA Math’s play-type profiles. Beast in the post, in transition, as a cutter and on the offensive glass. Solid boost for the Bucks.

The wait is over. Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker has completed all the necessary tests and has been cleared to return to game action. Parker, who tore his the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Feb. 8, 2017, will make his return at 7 p.m. Friday when the Bucks host the New York Knicks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. “He progressed really quickly in the early phases of his rehab, which is really nice,” Bucks director of performance Troy Flanagan told the Journal Sentinel. “In the first ACL rehab, he had a fair bit of patellar tendinitis which slowed the whole thing down a little bit even though he did come back reasonably early. We saw a great progression early in this rehab that allowed us to really capitalize on his fitness.

Of course, the question with Parker is, will this be his last problem with his knee? “If you go look in professional football — European football, soccer — you’ll see a lot of players have had multiple ACLs and they have long careers,” Troy Flanagan said. “We’re not particularly concerned about it. He’s relatively low risk in this phase, particularly looking at some of his numbers. In all of the fitness parameters we look at, he’s not only better than what he was in the past, but he has some of the best numbers on the team. “So he’s ready — 100% — to go.”

Parker, the Milwaukee Bucks talented young forward who has been rehabbing from his second left ACL tear, said he is feeling good and ready to roll … once Bucks officials give him the green light. Before Sunday’s game in Chicago against the Bulls, Parker said he expected to get an official date for his return by the end of the week. However, late Sunday night there were whispers the Bucks will make a public announcement on Parker’s return in the next few days, perhaps as soon as Monday.

When Parker returned from his first ACL surgery, he candidly acknowledge he was a nervous wreck. This time, he doesn’t appear to have nearly as much trepidation. Asked what kind of feelings he expects once he returns to real action, the 22-year-old Parker said, “I’m not nervous right now. When I get that date, then I’ll prepare myself for. I’m sure I’ll get some nerves then. “I’m just waiting to see how I’m going to be moved into things (whether as a starter or coming off the bench). I’m really excited to see what happen.’’

Basketball’s comeback narratives don’t exactly resonate in these exceptional circumstances. “I’m on a race on my own,” Parker said, laying prone across a training table. This sort of extended rehabilitation is monotonous work—the kind that strips away the game itself. Treatment and drilling take center stage as basketball is distilled to its most basic components. If Parker wants to work on a certain move, it must be extracted entirely from the game setting for practice in quarantine. Full contact five-on-five is not yet an option. So basketball’s natural rhythms are displaced by pure repetition, all the better to retrain muscles that are woefully out of practice.

It is a gift that Parker, at his age, naturally searches for the connections between people and things. He sees himself as part of something—Chicago, Milwaukee, the Bucks organization, the Mormon church, the black community. There are bonds everywhere that transcend him alone, down to that between athlete and fan. Parker hears the anger that swirls through sports fandom. “At any point in time,” Parker observed, “they can just burst into flames.” He notices when his injury history is wielded against him as if it were a personal failing. All he wants is to carry the weight. “You process the criticism in a way that you take the burden off of other people,” Parker said. “That’s what sports is, in general… It’s just taking a load off of them. If they’ve got to express their feelings in a negative way just for them to feel better about themselves or their day, then so be it.”

You wouldn’t know Parker was ailing by the way he ran the court, moving smoothly from end to end. You wouldn’t know it from the way he set picks against invisible opponents and easily cut and rolled to the hoop. You wouldn’t know it from the way he pivoted and moved his feet in the post while working against Foster and former Bucks star Vin Baker, each of whom took turns buffeting him with a pad as he worked. And you definitely wouldn’t know Parker was still more than four months away from his targeted February return by the way he threw down dunks.

At one point, Parker caught a pass, drove into the paint and delivered a hard shoulder through Baker’s pad into his chest before he pivoted, stepped through and hammered down a right-handed slam. “You look at him and say, ‘Man, he’s going to play tomorrow,’ ” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “That just shows you how good he looks and how hard he’s been working. I think we’re all excited by where he’s at today. We all understand he still has some time to go before he’s cleared to play, but he’s doing everything to get himself back.”

“I am (coming along),” Jabari Parker said. “Just staying within my means and doing what I can control each and every day.” Over the course of the spring and summer, Parker has been in the gym lifting weights, doing some running and putting up shots as part of his rehab. The activities he can participate in are limited and he still can’t do much more than dribble and shoot when it pertains to basketball-specific skills. He insists, though, that the long hours out of competition aren’t making him stir crazy. “I’m not because anything is better than being on crutches,” Parker said. “I’ve been there and I’m just thankful for the little I can do. I can move forward. I like to conquer the task ahead of me.”

Of all the members of the Bucks’ roster, he’s the only one who certainly won’t play on Oct. 26. That’s because he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second time six months ago and the injury is expected to keep him out of game action until February. While Parker is remiss he won’t be able to fully take part in the event, he didn’t look any bit disappointed on Tuesday. He proudly stood in front of the assembled crowd at UWM Panther Arena, smiling next to the Nike Classic Edition uniforms he helped unveil while looking forward to the day this season he’ll get to compete wearing one.

Speaking of return, that’s a word that’s on the mind of almost every Bucks fans regarding Parker’s playing status. He’s recovering from the second ACL surgery on his left knee and team officials have publicly stated he could return to action next February. By the looks of things on Tuesday, he’s right on track. Parker casually ran the floor during several pickup games with the campers, taking the opportunity to work on his 3-point shot, which he shot effortlessly and effectively. There was one moment, though, where Parker elicited a mixture of oohs and aahs. After seeing a clear path to the basket, he took a couple of steps before soaring for a one-handed throw-down.

Yet, while the 22-year-old Parker is progressing nicely, he made it abundantly clear he’s not going to rush the process. He’s coming back on his terms, when he’s healthy, totally healthy. “Things are moving in the right direction with my life, with my attitude, with my growth and with my game,’’ Parker said. “That return time (in February) is more than enough time to come back, but if I need to take more time, I will. I won’t play unless I can be productive. I’m not going to play 12, 15 minutes when I come back. I’m not doing that. I got to be in tip-top shape.’’
5 years ago via ESPN

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is pumping the positivity as he recovers from another torn ACL in his left knee, the second time he has suffered the injury in three seasons. “I feel great,” Parker told, while in Chicago promoting the Jordan Brand’s RE2PECT campaign on Thursday. “I tell myself every day I couldn’t be in a better situation because it’s going to make me a great man at the end of the day. It’s going to make me mentally tough and it’s going to help me for the future.”
5 years ago via ESPN

Parker, who initially tore his ACL in December 2014, is in what figures to be a year-long rehab process after tearing it again in early February last season. The 22 year-old says he does not have a target return date in mind at this point. “I don’t think so,” he said. “As of right now the way I treat my body, it doesn’t have a date. I can give you a little piece of information, I’m not the average person with this injury. Obviously I had it once but I’ve done stuff so far that’s exciting. But most importantly, I want to be able to jump as high, jump higher than I was, be faster than I was, that’s the only way I’ll play again.”

Parker suffered his first ACL tear during his rookie season in 2014-’15 and played just 25 games that season. He made a strong recovery and played in 76 games in 2015-’16 and in 51 games this season. The soon-to-be 22-year-old had made a major improvement in his third NBA season as he averaged 20.1 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 49%. “It’s going to be fun, to tell you the truth,” Parker said of his recovery program. “I love challenges. I love being in the position I am. I didn’t really feel like talking, but I feel like God has given me this for a reason because he knows I can handle it. “So I take that burden, because I know a lot of people can’t go through this.”

Jabari Parker received an avalanche of get-well messages after suffering a season-ending left anterior cruciate ligament tear last week. One of them came from Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, who immediately texted Bucks coach Jason Kidd. “I don’t do this often,’’ Van Gundy said of his text. “But I love the way plays; he plays hard. And he seems from the outside like not only a good player but a high character guy “I texted Jason (Kidd) right away when I heard about it and just said, ‘Hey, I feel awful about him.’ I don’t like to see anyone get hurt, but when it’s a good, young guy who goes about it the right way, you really feel bad for him. “I wanted to convey my condolences to Jabari.’’

Jabari Parker is expected to undergo knee surgery Tuesday. According to sources, the Milwaukee Bucks’ gifted young forward will have surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in Vail, Colo. The surgery, sources said, will be performed by Dr. Robert F. LaPrade, one of the most highly-regarded knee surgeons in the world. LaPrade has operated on a slew of professional athletes from a variety of sports.

As the Milwaukee Bucks wrapped up their final practice ahead of the season-opener against the New York Knicks, coach Jason Kidd expressed confidence that the team will have last year’s first-round draft pick Jabari Parker back in the lineup by early November. “He looks great. He’s done everything,” Kidd said following the team’s workout on Tuesday. “Hopefully, in that first couple of weeks of November, he can come back and start his process, his journey, of playing 10 to 15 minutes a night and hopefully getting his load bigger as the season goes on.”

Instead of climbing walls at the Bucks’ practice facility south of Milwaukee, though, Parker just stood against one and outlined his vision with a thousand game stare. “I’m looking long-term,” said the product of Chicago’s Simeon High and Duke University, the No. 2 pick in the 2014 Draft. “I really don’t want to risk coming back and lingering on if I’m not ready. I just want to be as productive as possible. There’s no use in me playing if I can’t contribute the way I want to.”
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