Jabari Parker tore his left knee ACL last February — for the second time in three years. That’s obviously bad news and always meant a long rehab process that was going to stretch until around the All-Star Game this season.
While Thon Maker‘s play has stepped up, the Bucks are better with Parker on the court. An update from Matt Velazquez at the Journal Sentinel says things are positive and progressing, but there is still a long, long way to go.
Parker’s positive attitude carried over to a conversation about how his rehab is progressing. The process, which Parker is undergoing for the second time in less than three years, is long and grueling, but Parker’s approach, progress and positivity have impressed people in the Bucks organization…
“I am (coming along),” Parker said. “Just staying within my means and doing what I can control each and every day.”
Over the course of the spring and summer, Parker has been in the gym lifting weights, doing some running and putting up shots as part of his rehab. The activities he can participate in are limited and he still can’t do much more than dribble and shoot when it pertains to basketball-specific skills.
The Bucks can’t rush this, for Parker’s sake. He needs to be right before he steps back on the court.
The Bucks face big questions with Parker next summer, when he is a restricted free agent. Even with Greg Monroe coming off the books, Milwaukee has a lot of money wrapped up in players such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, how much will they want to pay Parker on top of that? Part of that— and his value to other teams — will be based on his performance this season when he does return. Will teams want to invest in him?
For now, he just has to get right and back on the court.