During an interview in the second quarter of tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Jabari Parker announced that he would return to the Milwaukee Bucks active roster on Friday night against the New York Knicks. Parker suffered the second torn ACL of his career on February 8th last year against the Miami Heat. The Bucks were cautious with his recovery time from the start and pegged him for a return date around this time shortly after he went through surgery.
How Parker will re-integrate into this vastly different Milwaukee team from the one he left will be the most intriguing sub-plot of this second half of the season. Perhaps most importantly, he will be doing so under new leadership with Joe Prunty at the helm. It was no secret there was no love lost between Parker and former head coach Jason Kidd and hopefully Prunty’s positive vibes embolden him to unleash whatever bits of his arsenal may have been contained. There’s also the matter of his impending free agency after this season, but like we said, all of that will be hashed out in the months ahead until the Bucks season ends.
For now though, it will be nice to see one of Milwaukee’s bellweather players get back in the lineup. Even if his defense remains questionable under Prunty’s watch, his thunderous dunks with Giannis in transition will give me plenty of glee.