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Great news for Bucks fans: Jabari Parker is officially making his return on Friday.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 30, 2018
Parker hasn’t played in an NBA game since tearing his ACL for the second time on February 8, 2017.
Parker made the announcement during a Bucks TV broadcast on Monday night.
He seems pretty excited about the return and shares the mental hurdle of getting past an ACL injury for the second time.
(Courtesy of ESPN.com)…
“It’s definitely mental,” Parker told ESPN. “Especially if it happens to you more than once.
“But actually, me getting hurt the second time has helped me embrace [rehab and recovery] stronger than I did the first one. It gave me that mentality [of] I don’t give a f— no more. Excuse my language, but I just don’t. If it happens [again], it happens. But I’m not going to let that hold me back. And if it happens again, I’m just going to do the same stuff I was before.”
Parker was really starting to flash the star potential that made him a top recruit in high school and the No. 2 pick of the 2014 NBA Draft as he averaged 20 points and six rebounds on 49% shooting last season.
No word on his minutes restrictions yet, but you can bet the Bucks bring him back along slowly.