Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker has been medically cleared to play on Wednesday, November 4, against the Philadelphia 76ers, the team has announced.
Along with Parker, his teammate Tyles Ennis has also been cleared to play Wednesday night, as he is recovering from a shoulder injury.
“We’re very excited to have both Jabari and Tyler medically cleared to play for us,” General Manager John Hammond said. “Both players have put in a tremendous amount of hard work during the rehabilitation process. It’s a real credit to their work ethic and the talents of our world-class medical team and terrific coaching staff to have them ready to go. I know our fans are thrilled to have them back and will give them both a warm welcome on Wednesday night.” (via Bucks.com)
After a strong start to his rookie campaign, Parker’s season was cut short after he sustained an ACL tear in his left knee 25 games into the year. He averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds on 49 percent shooting before going down with the injury.
Ennis, 21, was acquired by the Bucks before the trade deadline last season. He, along with Miles Plumlee and Michael Carter-Williams, was a part of the three-team blockbuster trade that sent Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns. In 25 games for the Bucks, Ennis averaged 4.0 points and 2.4 assists off the bench.
“Having Jabari and Tyler back on Wednesday is great news for our team,” Coach Jason Kidd said. “We know how many long hours they’ve worked to get themselves healthy with our first rate performance team led by Troy (Flanagan) and Suki (Hobson). I know how much our team has been looking forward to their comeback, and being able to return to play in front of our great fans in Milwaukee has been their goal.” (via Bucks.com)
There are high expectations for Parker this season, as the young Bucks look to build off a fantastic season that saw them surprisingly make the playoffs. The former second overall pick should make a huge impact on the currently 0-3 Bucks.