Parker will undergo surgery in the coming days…
The Milwaukee Bucks suffered a huge blow on Tuesday after the team announced that rookie Jabari Parker had suffered a torn ACL and he is expected to miss the rest of the season.
The 19-year-old will have surgery after suffering a complete tear and not a sprain which had been the initial diagnosis during the third quarter of the Bucks’ dramatic 96-94 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.
Parker’s knee buckled on a drive to the basket as he then collided with PJ Tucker, he was unable to get to his feet immediately and was helped off the court by his teammates who took him back to the locker room.
An MRI scan on Tuesday revealed the tear and it will unsurprisingly be a huge blow for coach Jason Kidd and his team with Parker making a real impact in his first season in the league.
The No.2 overall pick was a key factor in the Bucks’ impressive 13-12 start to the season, averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 29.5 minutes in 25 games.
Parker started his career with double-doubles in two of his first three games and he was named the Eastern Conference rookie of the month for October/November.
However, following the unfortunate injury, he will now be unable to add to his tally in his first year in the league and the Bucks will hope that he makes a full and speedy recovery and returns to play a key role for the franchise next season and for many years beyond that.