this Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, photo, Milwaukee Bucks'
Jabari Parker lies on the court after injuring his
knee during the second half of an NBA basketball
game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix.
— Rookie Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the season
after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left
knee, dealing a huge blow to the rebuilding Milwaukee
said late Tuesday night that Parker will have surgery
after tests revealed the extent of the injury. The second
overall pick in this year's draft was flown back to
Milwaukee after getting hurt in the third quarter of a
96-94 win Monday night over Phoenix.
19-year-old Parker was injured when he took an awkward
step before colliding with the Suns' P.J. Tucker.
one up for the young homie (Jabari Parker) for a speedy
recovery!" Bucks forward John Henson posted early
Wednesday morning on Twitter.
ownership seeking a new arena, Milwaukee was off to a good
start under new coach Jason Kidd. The Bucks, who won 15
games all of last season, are 13-12.
averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this year.
The one-and-done star at Duke started his professional
career not far from his hometown of Chicago after getting
drafted by Milwaukee in June.
polished forward displayed a poised, unselfish demeanor
off the court that quickly commanded respect. He was just
the kind of talented, well-rounded player needed by a
franchise that had finished above .500 just once since
investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens
bought the team in April from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl,
ushering in a new era and clear rebuilding strategy for
the future. They jettisoned former coach Larry Drew in
favor of Kidd soon after drafting Parker.
showed life and energy with the ball in Kidd's offense.
They'll have to press on the rest of the season without a
promising player considered to be a team cornerstone.
break but (Parker) will come back stronger and hungrier.
Please join me in wishing him a speedy recovery,"
Lasry's son, Bucks executive Alexander Lasry, wrote on
next plays Wednesday at Portland.