Milwaukee Bucks is often taunted as the next best thing in the NBA. But on Wednesday night, all of these speculations will be put to question. Bucks forward Jabari Parker has just torn the ACL in his left knee for the second time in three seasons.
The No. 2 overall pick had a stellar high school career, and the hype followed him to the NBA. Since the season began, he has been comfortable alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo. He has worked for a career-high 20.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.8 APG, and 19 Player Efficiency Rating. His rookie year injury seems to be a thing of the past.
Jabari Parker Was On A Roll
On Thursday, Bucks Coach Jason Kidd confirmed the fans’ worst fear: Jabari Parker is out for the season because of the torn ACL on his left knee. Yes, that’s exactly the same knee that earlier ended his rookie season. After a scheduled surgery, he would need around 12 months of rehab before coming back to court.
The fears? All of his hard work this season would have paid off with a playoff appearance. All that is about to end because he would also be missing the beginning of next season.
Who knows what’s in store for the NBA then? In this day and age, a new star is born every so often. This injury came just as when Parker was letting the world know he has finally arrived.
Since 2012, this is the first time the Bucks has an above-average offensive rating, giving them a big boost as a playoff contender in the East. With Parker out, the hopes will surely dip. Antetokounmpo may be a superstar in his own right, but he cannot carry this team on his own.
Parker Just Like Brandon Roy?
Remember Brandon Roy? He spent only six seasons in the NBA, but fans would always know his name because he cemented himself to be one of the best shooting guards in the league. The reason you might have missed him is because he had a series of career-ending knee injuries.
The Portland Trailblazers used the amnesty clause on him in 2011, and he soon retired from the game. Could this be what awaits Parker? He’s only 21 years old, and he had two major injuries already.
The NBA is a tricky little league. You don’t only need to be exceptionally talented to succeed there, you also need to be present for all seasons. Fans remember who they see and easily forget who sits in the sidelines.
It’s sad to say that until Jabari Parker gets a full rehab, he would have to bid his time once again.
— Zack (@QueensIceZ) February 9, 2017