Jabari Parker appears to take a jab at Bulls coach Jim Boylen after trade to Wizards
New Washington Wizards acquisition Jabari Parker arrived at the practice facility, hopeful to find a better role with his new organization. In his first press conference with the Wizards, Parker appeared to take a slight jab at his former Chicago Bulls coach, Jim Boylen.
Asked about his tough times sliding in and out of the rotation under Boylen, Parker was succinct.
“Just me, personally sticking with it,” said Parker. “Doing all I can to improve my game… I did everything. On paper, I was doing my job. And I didn’t let my coach’s words become a distraction to my inner growth.”
Jabari Parker on what he learned going in and out of the rotation in Chicago: “Just me, personally sticking with it. Doing all I can to improve my game…I did everything. On paper, I was doing my job. And I didn’t let my coach’s words become a distraction to my inner growth.” pic.twitter.com/YrWaMFM9kQ
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) February 8, 2019
Parker quickly fell out of favor upon the start of Boylen’s regime after the Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg in December. He was seen as too slow to keep up with small forwards and not good enough to keep up with versatile power forwards defensively.
The Chicago native struggled to find his footing under Boylen, forced to log several healthy DNPs, until injuries opened up the opportunity to see the court again.
Parker isn’t the only player that wasn’t fond of Boylen and his coaching tactics, as others had become frustrated with his long practices and rigorous film sessions in hopes to improve a rebuilding team with very little hopes to contend in the Eastern Conference.
The 6-foot-8 forward has now arrived in a different situation with the Wizards, and playing for a different coach in Scott Brooks, hoping he can make this stop a productive one for the sake of his NBA career.