Wizards’ Jabari Parker insists he didn’t enter season with Bulls out of shape
When Jabari Parker signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls in the summer, many hoped it would be the start of a new career path for the former second overall pick. However, things went poorly Parker in his hometown, and he was traded to the Washington Wizards before the deadline.
Speaking to The Athletic’s Fred Katz, Parker was quick to shut down many of the rumors that surrounded his time in Chicago, including the idea he showed up to Bulls training camp out of shape. According to Parker, those rumors are “absolutely false,” with him pointing to how he stayed in Chicago during the summer for workouts, as well as his stats with the Bulls:
“Just look at the stats. Look at when I did do my thing, when I climbed, how they just all of a sudden took me out of the rotation,” Parker said of the rumors. “And then look at when I had a point a minute when I didn’t play at all. So, how was I out of shape if I’m able to do those two things?”
Parker also discussed his current time in Washington and what a change of pace it has been for him. When head coach Jim Boylen entered the picture for the Bulls, Parker was all but banished from the court. Now, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks has him playing in closing lineups and trying to integrate him as a consistent player.
It’s unlikely that Parker will ever live up to the standards of a second overall draft pick, but for someone who once had so much potential, just getting the opportunity to play is something Parker is thankful for. With another run at free agency quickly approaching for Parker, his play over the last half of the season might have some teams willing to take a chance on him.