The Milwaukee Bucks will open training camp next week with their highest expectations since the Big Dog, Ray Allen, Sam Cassell era, roughly 15 years ago.
One reason why is the return of Jabari Parker from a knee injury. Parker is in La Crosse as part of the Bucks statewide tour.
He averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds a game last season before tearing his ACL in December.
Parker isn't sure how much he'll be able to do when training camp starts next. Nor does he know if he'll be ready for the season opener October 28th.
Just take my time, I'm young. I don't have to rush. People want me back so early but if I end up messing up they would be like why did he come back so soon. I'm going to try to rehab as best as possible and not skip any steps. We're building from what we had off last year. We have an identity. Now it's time to do better things with it. We have expectations, but we're trying to overachieve at the same time," Parker said Thursday evening.
Parker will be at North Side Elementary Friday morning for a clinic and then at BMO Harris Bank near the Valley View Mall at 10:15 a.m. to sign autographs.