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Jabari Parker believes Derrick Rose’s athletic peak was in high school

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Chicago native Jabari Parker has been watching Derrick Rose play since he was a kid, not just when Rose was a member of the Chicago Bulls.

Both Parker and Rose played their high school basketball at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago. Rose was Parker’s idol growing up and the current Sacramento Kings forward believes Rose’s athletic peak was actually in high school, not in his early days with the Bulls:

“He was like a once in a lifetime athlete, even to this day,” Parker told NBA.com about Rose. “But for me growing up, it was like he was doing things other NBA guys couldn’t do. His athleticism was at its peak when he was in high school to be honest with you. Obviously in the NBA [before the ACL surgery] he was super athletic.

“But I remember going to Simeon and watching him practice and he was doing 360 dunks between the legs. I saw it with my own eyes. That’s crazy, at 6-3, to be able to that. He was just on another level.”

Rose won two state championships at Simeon before going to Memphis for one season. He was then selected by the Bulls with the first overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history with the Bulls during the 2010-11 season. Since then, though, he’s undergone four knee surgeries.

However, Rose is still one of the quickest players in the NBA. He’s not young D-Rose anymore, but Derrick is still able to show off his speed pretty much every night.

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