Jabari Parker announced during the Bucks’ Monday night broadcast that he will return to NBA action on his home court this Friday at 7 p.m. against the New York Knicks. He is returning from an ACL injury that has kept him on the sidelines since Feb. 8 of last year. Friday will mark the end of the second time he has had to recover from an ACL tear in his left knee.
The Bucks have lauded Parker’s recovery, pointing to considerable progress in his athleticism and overall strength.
“He’s faster than he’s ever been, he’s stronger than he’s ever been and he’s leaner than he’s ever been. I’m really happy with how he’s come back and his fitness levels,” said Bucks director of performance Troy Flanagan.
He has practiced with the Herd on several occasions over the last few months, and has finally cleared all medical tests necessary to return to NBA action. The Bucks indicated he will be on a minutes restriction, but that his playing time should increase fairly quickly.
Parker was drafted second overall by the Bucks in 2014. He has played in just 152 games over his four-year career. Prior to his injury last season, he was averaging 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while shooting a career high 36.5% on three pointers. He will add a welcome scoring threat to the Bucks’ offense as they look to make a push for a top playoff spot.