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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has revealed that he will speak with Milwaukee Bucks starlet Jabari Parker and give him advice on how to deal with his injury.
The pair have a lot in common as they are both from Chicago, are both graduates of Simeon Career Academy and were both high picks in their respective Drafts.
In more recent times, they have both suffered torn ACLs that have impacted on their careers and now Rose is ready to help Parker deal with the setback of seeing his rookie season ended prematurely.
Rose suffered his ACL tear back 2012 and he has yet to fully recover after suffering a torn meniscus in his other knee the following year. However, after playing at the FIBA World Cup this summer, Rose has played good minutes so far this season and has proven that players can come back from such injuries.
“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 as he wanted to give the 19-year-old some time before doing so and that he planned to give Parker some advice, but wanted 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.”
While first and foremost the hope is that Parker makes a full recovery, he will benefit from not being under the amount of scrutiny that Rose was under when he returned. In addition, the Bucks are rebuilding and looking to make the playoffs, which is in contrast to the Bulls who have been labelled championship contenders in recent years and so the transition period for Parker will likely be a lot smoother.