Video: Jabari Parker gets posterized by Brook Lopez in return to Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Bucks’ new kid on the block in Brook Lopez just posterized former Bucks player and now-Chicago Bulls forward Jabari Parker. It was a harsh way to welcome back the 23-year-old Parker to Milwaukee.
With Giannis Antetokounmpo stuck in the lane, the Greek Freak picked up his dribble and faked a shot before passing the rock to Lopez. Lopez got past his twin brother, and Parker was just a tad too late to make a successful help defense.
Brook Lopez welcomes Jabari Parker back to Milwaukee pic.twitter.com/Wat81yyO79
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) October 4, 2018
A restricted free agent early this summer, the Bucks eventually waived their rights on Parker. With that move, Parker became an unrestricted free agent and consequently signed with the Chicago Bulls for a two-year, $40 million deal.
Along with Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, Parker was a celebrated prospect leading up to the 2014 draft. He was picked up by the Bucks with the second overall pick. Parker had all the makings of a superstar written all over him as the Bucks viewed the 6-foot-8 forward as the franchise’s cornerstone.
But Parker would suffer two ACL tears on his knees, an unfortunate series of events for the young forward. Parker and the Bucks never tasted postseason success, a reason why Parker became expendable this summer.
Meanwhile, the Bucks shored up their frontline with a ‘stretch center’ in the form of the 7-foot Lopez. Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer seems bent on slotting Antetokounmpo in the power forward position, putting more pressure on Lopez to man the paint.
While the Bucks obviously have the advantage over the Bulls in terms of depth and experience, they are both young, exciting teams vying for serious contention in the East.