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Milwaukee Bucks recall Jabari Parker from G League affiliate

The Milwaukee Bucks have recalled forward Jabari Parker to the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League as he continues his rehabilitation process. Parker practiced with the Herd in Oshkosh, Wis., on Jan. 1.

His stint there seems to have been a success, as the former No. 2 overall pick played 5-on-5 with the Herd and showed signs of progress in his game. Steve Clark of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more on how Parker is coming along on the court:

“He’s moving really well, jumping, shooting the ball really well and he’s only going to get better,” said Herd leading scorer James Young. “From where he was to where he is now is a big improvement.”

“It’s exciting. It’s exciting for our team to be able to play with him and it’s exciting for him to be back in the flow,” Herd coach Jordan Brady said. “Primarily for him, it’s to get that 5-on-5 so that he can get that conditioning level back up before he’s cleared to play and then also to get back into the rhythm and flow of playing 5-on-5 basketball.”

There were no set plans for Parker to return to the Herd; however, it’s likely that he will participate in future practices as he gets closer to returning and could appear in a game or two for the Herd before returning full time to the Bucks.

When Parker does practice with the Herd, it raises the level of intensity.

“He came here with a lot of energy (on Monday) to get better. We played a scrimmage and I think it went well for him and everybody else,” said Young, who competed against Parker when the two were high school players. “He (raises the level of play) with everybody around him. He was talking on his own, being a leader and helping guys out.”

Parker, who is rehabbing his second knee injury in three years, played 51 games in the 2016-17 season and averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and one steal in 33.9 minutes per game.

He sustained a left anterior cruciate ligament injury on Feb. 8, 2017, and underwent surgery to repair it on Feb. 14.