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Report: Jabari Parker not ready for Bucks opener against Knicks

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker


Jabari Parker was supposedly a full participant when the Bucks opened training camp.

But Parker, who tore his ACL in December, didn’t play in the preseason.

It doesn’t seem Milwaukee was merely being cautious with its exhibition games, either.

The rookie second-year forward will also apparently miss the Bucks’ regular-season opener against the Knicks tomorrow.

Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Parker was not expected to be ready for the opener but could make his season debut in early November.

“Nothing to be said; next guy up,” Kidd said.

The Bucks are even more short-handed at forward, because Giannis Antetokounmpo is suspended. At least they have enough versatile players to compensate.

Milwaukee could go smaller with Michael Carter-Williams, Khris Middleton and O.J. Mayo each sliding down a position for a portion of the game. Chris Copeland could get a bigger role as a stretch four. John Henson could play power forward and spend more time with Greg Monroe than behind him.

Jason Kidd has options.