Bucks’ Parker, Inglis to undergo season-ending surgeries Monday
Milwaukee Bucks rookies Jabari Parker and Damien Inglis will both undergo season-ending surgeries Monday.
The surgery to repair Parker’s torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee will take place in New York. Parker traveled with the Bucks for Sunday’s game against the Knicks and will stay in New York for the procedure.
"I’m pretty enthusiastic because this is a journey that will probably build me for the future and help me in my career," Parker said. "I’m a getting better understanding of how the body works, especially between the muscles. I have to take the time out now so that I can play as long as possible."
Picked No. 2 overall by Milwaukee in this past June’s NBA Draft, Parker tore the ACL in his left knee during a game in Phoenix on Dec. 15. He corralled a rebound on the defensive end of the floor and tried taking the ball coast to coast. His left knee buckled and gave out while attempting a Eurostep on Suns forward P.J. Tucker.
The Duke product has been overwhelmed by the support he’s received since suffering the season-ending injury.
"Especially everybody around the league, too," Parker said. "I’m not accomplished but those guys are and I just look up to them so much."
Parker averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25 games during his rookie season. The 19-year-old was second among rookies in scoring and third in rebounding at the time of his injury and was considered the favorite to be named NBA Rookie of the Year.
"I’m very optimistic because this will give me a time where I can work on myself," Parker said.
Inglis will have right ankle surgery Monday in Charlotte, N.C.
The Bucks drafted the 19-year-old in the second round (No. 31 overall) knowing he had suffered a fractured right foot during a draft workout with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Inglis had targeted a mid-October return from the surgery he underwent in Paris in June, but a CT scan in late-October revealed the fracture to not be healing properly. The 19-year-old French Guiana native hoped he would avoid another surgery and could be on the floor for Milwaukee’s game in London on Jan. 15.
But that won’t be the case, as the second surgery will end Inglis’ rookie season before he could appear in a game.
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