By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Milwaukee Bucks will receive a boost to their roster. Jabari Parker, who has been out dealing with his second torn ACL injury, is expected to be back this week.
The plan is for Parker to return on Friday night. The Bucks have a home game against the New York Knicks.
Parker has not played in an NBA game since suffering a torn ACL injury in his left knee for the second-time almost a year ago on February 8th, 2017.
“I’m really excited,” Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo said to ESPN. “I know the fans are really excited about that, too. He’s been through this twice in his career, just seeing him every day for the past year now working hard and being focused towards his return, I think it’s big for him and we all got to embrace the moment.
“I know he’s really excited. I think when he comes back he’s going to take this team to the next level. He’s going to help us defensively and offensively.”
Parker will now be working with interim head coach Joe Prunty. He reportedly clashed with former head coach Jason Kidd, even though Antetokounmpo attempted to help save his job.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Prunty and Parker over the rest of the season, especially if he can make it through the rest of the season.
“We know what he’s capable of doing,” Prunty said. “I don’t think it would be fair to expect him to come out and do all the things that he’s capable of doing just from the standpoint of the time frame of being off. But I think he can do a lot of things for us — he can rebound the ball for us… he can make plays to score himself, but he can make plays for others.
“Defensively, the rhythm of the game he’s got to get locked into, not only guarding his man and the guy in front of him, but staying within the scheme and how we’re guarding as a team.”
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