Bulls’ John Paxson, Fred Hoiberg view Jabari Parker as a perfect fit in Chicago
Jabari Parker was announced today as the Chicago Bulls’ newest acquisition and it didn’t take long for executive vice-president John Paxson to laud the hometown native upon his homecoming.
“This is Jabari’s day. We view this as a very important signing,” said Paxson, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. “We feel this signing fits perfectly into the direction we chose, a young, talented player with great versatility.”
Head coach Fred Hoiberg backed up that point, pointing to his versatility as his greatest asset moving forward.
“Jabari can play multiple positions and guard multiple positions,” said Hoiberg. “Offensively, he fits exactly how we want to play.”
Parker has had plenty of hurdles to overcome during his career, mainly two major ACL surgeries in the same knee, which ultimately ended his tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks. Now he stands a chance at a new beginning in his hometown, able to re-write the script by bringing the Bulls the success they have longed for during this tough rebuilding stint.
“The first time I did hurt myself, I did ask why… to not have difficulty in your life is unrealistic,” said Parker, according to Malika Andrews of The Chicago Tribune. “So hopefully I have a magnifying glass to help people going through the same thing or similar situations.”
The 6-foot-8 forward didn’t shy away from the stage he has reached after finalizing a two-year, $40 million deal with the Bulls.
“Playing here, you always dreamed about being a Bull,” he said. “This is a dream come true.”
The kid who grew up in the Windy City has finally arrived home.