Bucks’ Parker undergoes successful surgery on left ACL
Milwaukee Bucks rookie forward Jabari Parker underwent successful surgery to repair a tear in his left anterior cruciate ligament Monday in New York City.
The procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery with Bucks orthopedic physician Dr. Michael Gordon assisting. Altchek is the medical director for the New York Mets and a medical consultant for the NBA.
Parker is expected to miss the remainder of the season. A timeline for his return to basketball activity will be established at a later date, according to the Bucks.
"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 prior to his surgery. "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."
The No. 2 overall pick in this past June’s draft, Parker tore his left ACL while attempting a Eurostep on Suns forward P.J. Tucker during the third quarter of Milwaukee’s 96-94 victory in Phoenix on Dec. 15.
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 prior to his surgery.
Rookie forward Damien Inglis also underwent successful surgery Monday and has been ruled out for the season.
Dr. Robert Anderson performed Inglis’ right ankle surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center – Mercy in Charlotte, N.C.
Drafted No. 31 overall in this past June’s draft, Inglis didn’t appear in a game this season after a fractured right ankle suffered during a draft workout with the Oklahoma City Thunder never properly healed.
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