Derrick Rose and Jabari Parker have a lot in common. They’re both from Chicago, both graduates of Simeon Career Academy. They both came into the NBA with much fanfare, Rose as the No. 1 overall pick in 2008 and Parker as the No. 2 pick in 2014.
And they’ve both suffered torn ACLs that have halted the forward momentum of their careers. Rose suffered his in the 2012 playoffs; Parker did just last week. He’s out for the rest of his rookie season.
But Rose says Parker, whom he has known since high school, will bounce back from his injury. From ESPNChicago.com’s Scott Powers:
“It’s hard, man,” Rose said of Parker’s injury. “It’s hard. I feel bad for him. At the same time, he’s got the right mentality as a young kid to put basketball first, so I know he’s easily going to bounce back from this injury.”
Rose said he hadn’t reached out to Parker yet. He wanted to give Parker some time before doing so.
Rose, who has dealt with a myriad of injuries during his career, said he planned to give Parker some advice, but planned to keep it between them.
“Yeah, [I’ll give him advice], but it’ll be something I’ll have to tell him personally,” Rose said. “Something I wouldn’t say right now.”
If there’s anybody who knows what Parker is going through right now, it’s Rose. But in many ways, Parker is better situated to deal with the injury than Rose has been. For one thing, Rose suffered the injury in the playoffs, playing for a Bulls team that was expected to contend for a title. When he came back from that injury (and then from a subsequent meniscus tear in the other knee), he was still expected to be the MVP-caliber player he was before the injury. Even now, every little thing he says and does is scrutinized widely because he hasn’t had a lengthy stretch of play at his old level.
Parker, on the other hand, is only in his rookie season, playing for a rebuilding Bucks team. Milwaukee might make the playoffs this year even with Parker out, because of how bad the Eastern Conference is. But they’re not expected to be a true contender anytime soon. They have plenty of time to bring Parker, their new face of the franchise, along slowly and make sure he gets fully healthy.
Parker’s game also isn’t as dependent on athleticism as Rose’s is. Since coming back from his knee injuries, Rose has shown a hesitancy to drive and attack the basket, and the other parts of his game aren’t developed enough to where he can compensate for the lack of aggressiveness on a consistent basis. Parker is plenty athletic, but his game isn’t violent and explosive like Rose’s is. It should be a smoother transition for him.
Hopefully Parker comes back next season good as new. He was having an outstanding rookie season before the injury, and it’s always a bummer when anybody suffers a serious injury.