"I love this city."
Jabari Parker may not be running the floor with his teammates while Milwaukee makes a run through the playoffs, but his article in the Players' Tribune will still get the blood pumping for any Bucks fan.
In a piece entitled "Milwaukee," Parker detailed his love for the Brew City, and how it pushes him through his rehab and his teammates through the postseason.
"Milwaukee, man … it’s home. You know I’m a Chicago kid, and Chicago will always have a big piece of my heart," Parker wrote." But with Milwaukee — for me it was just love at first sight. As soon as I got here, I was like, Wow, this is the place for me... And that’s what I love about this city. It’s — well, it’s the love."
"I want to raise my own family here someday. It's that deep," the Bucks star wrote.
Parker went on to talk about life in the NBA, and how players can easily be traded or released.
"You realize, wow, as players we really don’t have that much control over [where you play at] all. But one thing I do have control over, regardless of my playing career, is knowing that I want to raise my own family here someday. It’s that deep."
Parker, who tore his left ACL for the second time in his short career back in February, is expected to miss a full year. But with the city of Milwaukee, Parker says he has something to push for as he works his way back towards full health.
"So, to Milwaukee: I just want to take a line and say thank you. I feel it when you come up to me, I feel the support," the 22-year-old penned.
And I’ve especially felt it during this rehab process. It means more than you know, more than I can put into words. And when I come back, know that it’s not just to play...
It’s to play with that Bucks jersey on my back."
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