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Jabari Parker heads to Milwaukee, addresses town


The Milwaukee Bucks are on the ball when it comes to all things Jabari Parker. About 16 hours after the organization drafted Parker, they were back in Milwaukee addressing the city at a news conference at the downtown Milwaukee Public Market.

Other than Chicago, Parker’s hometown, no other franchise is closer to home.

“No other place to be,” Parker said Friday. “I feel welcome.”

With Milwaukee being so close to home, it makes things that much better for the former Blue Devil.

“This is a great opportunity for us as an organization,” said Bucks general manager John Hammond. “To have a player like this, we can’t emphasize this enough. One part is Jabari Parker the player, but more important to us in the long run is going to be Jabari Parker the man and what he stands for.”

Parker said last night that he wanted to play his entire career for Milwaukee. Of course right now that’s just hope, but Parker did bring up the subject again on Friday.

“I’m really honest,” said Parker. “I don’t look forward to leaving anytime soon. I keep that in my heart. If I just look at it as a short-term deal, things won’t work out.”

“I don’t look forward to leaving anytime soon.” –Jabari Parker

Hopefully for Bucks fans, things do work out with Parker and he ends up a one-franchise man, joining the likes of Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Julius Erving.

“The most important thing was the organization as all-in,” said Parker. “I just had to roll with somebody who was very honest with me and was going to be frank. I just appreciate somebody taking me.”

Most organizations would love to have Parker on their roster. He’s an outstanding player with a high caliber level of talent. His level of talent could bring an organization back from the dead.

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