Bulls Deal Is A Homecoming For Jabari Parker

George Ofman
July 14, 2018 - 3:45 pm
Apr 1, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) controls the ball in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Is this shades of Derrick Rose?

Jabari attended Simeon High School the way Rose did. Rose was the Bulls' top pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Parker was the 2nd overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014. 

Both suffered devastating knee injuries. Rose went through 3. Parker tore his ACL twice.  Now Parker is with the Bulls after signing a one-year deal plus an option worth around $40 million.

"I thing they're getting a very talented and dedicated player" said Jim Paschke, long-time TV voice of the Bucks. He also told WBBM that Parker is explosive around the basket and he didn't lose that attribute despite two knee surgeries.

"The work people are doing in the sports science area and the work Jabari put in really paid off," he said.

The Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer to Parker, who expressed his desire to leave the Bucks and join the Bulls. But while he was in Milwaukee, Paschke said Parker was heavily involved in the community.

"He's been a pillar of the community. He got involved with Milwaukee public schools and attendance issues. He's a wonderful guy." 

The Bulls hope he's a wonderful player for them, too.