Jabari Parker is returning to the court Friday.
After missing nearly a year following an ACL tear, Milwaukee Bucks small forward Jabari Parker will suit up later this week.
Parker will play against the New York Knicks on Friday, February 2. It will be his first action since he tore his left ACL on February 8, 2017.
It was Parker's second left ACL tear in only three NBA seasons, as he first tore the ligament as a rookie in December 2014. Parker underwent reconstructive surgery on Valentine's Day last year and has been on the comeback trail ever since.
Before his injury last year, Parker was averaging 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per outing in 51 games (50 starts).
“Jabari has worked extremely hard with our medical, performance and coaching staffs to get to this point,” Milwaukee General Manager Jon Horst said in a press release. “He’s passed all the tests and been cleared to return by our team physician Dr. William Raasch of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Just as important, Jabari feels ready to play and we’re excited for his return to game action on Friday.”
With Parker back in the fold, he'll link up with the Bucks' young superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, as well as versatile swingman Khris Middleton, explosive point guard Eric Bledsoe and guard Malcolm Brogdon, last year's Rookie of the Year.
Parker spoke about his return during Milwaukee's Monday night game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
At 26-22 and in seventh place in the East, this season hasn't gone as planned for Milwaukee. The franchise even had to fire head coach Jason Kidd last week.
However, given the young talent on the roster and Parker's return, this is a squad that can still make some noise before the season ends and in the playoffs.