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Bucks news: Malcolm Brogdon offers Jabari Parker will come back from injury ‘100%’

Jabari Parker

The Milwaukee Bucks managed a positive impression last season, legitimately claiming a stake in the Eastern Conference playoffs and securing the sixth spot despite losing one of the their main cogs in Jabari Parker, who suffered a second ACL injury late in the season.

Hybrid guard Malcolm Brogdon, who took the place of injured Khris Middleton early in the season, offered fans some encouragement when it came to the recovery of his teammate.

“I have kept up with him this summer,” said Brogdon, who earned Rookie of the Year honors at season’s end. “He’s making terrific progress. He’s gonna be back at 100 percent. I can’t really say when, but I’ve been to Milwaukee a few times. I’ve seen him work out and he’s a freak athlete, but he’s also worked extremely hard and he’s lived in Milwaukee the whole summer. Not many vets do that.”

Parker has now suffered two injuries of the same kind, a grave matter that has raised plenty of concern within the organization. But the Duke standout has come out stronger, with a refined bag of tools after his first injury, an encouraging sign for those awaiting his return to the hardwood.

“He’s been training, he’s been eating right, his diet has been cleaned up,” Brogdon offered about Parker. “He’s cut weight. He looks amazing.”

“The sky is the limit for Jabari, he’s gonna be back, he’s gonna be healthy, he is not gonna get injured again. Once we have him back we should be at full speed and I’m excited.”

The future of this young Bucks team largely depends on Parker’s progress and while other young players like Brogdon and Giannis Antetokounmpo continue to make strides in their individual game, the Chicago native is still a key cog to lead this stampede forward, hoping to get past the first round next year.