Duke's Parker thinks Cleveland will pass
WIth his feedback from Cleveland sketchy, Jabari Parker believes he’ll be headed to Milwaukee in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.
An All-American for Duke as a freshman last season, the 6-8 Parker, along with Kansas ‘ Andrew Wiggins, is under consideration by the Cavaliers, who own the No.1 pick.
Parker, though, said Wednesday he isn’t so sure about Cleveland’s interest, especially compared to Milwaukee.
“I have some comfort level with them (the Bucks),” Parker said. “Especially with them telling me that ‘We want you’. I didn’t really any answers from Cleveland so I’m just going with what I’m certain about.”
Parker bristled at reports that he didn’t give his all during the Cleveland workout and that he wasn’t in the best shape for it.
“I think I have too much pride to just waste other people’s time,” Parker said. “I come from Duke and, most importantly, I come from a family with good values. I don’t have time to just waste other people’s opportunities and the chances that lie in front of me. There is going to be a lot of speculation, a lot of negativity. But I would gladly look that person in the eye the wrote that stuff and then they gave me their assumptions.”
Parker said he is accustomed to hearing criticism about his weight but he is comfortable that his body is ready for the NBA.
“I’ve been dealing with it my entire life, people giving me negative approaches about my weight,” Parker said. “But I don’t have any problem about the way I am because at the end of the day, I have to play basketball.”
A prep All-American from Chicago, Parker said he isn’t put off by the chance that he won’t be the No. 1 pick. Going among the top two, he said, is a dream.
“That’s going to go down in history,” Parker said. “One, two, three, four, five, even in the lottery, a lot of the guys will say that they are glad to be in this position.”
That said, Parker and Rodney Hood, teammates last season at Duke, have remained close throughout the pre-draft process. Hood also spoke at an NBA media availability at the Westin Times Square Hotel on Wednesday as both were invited by the NBA to sit in the draft’s green room Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Hood hinted that passing on Parker wouldn’t be a good idea.
“That’s their choice,” Hood said of the Cavaliers. “He’ll have that in the back of his mind once they play the Cavs. I’m sure of it. He’ll be thinking of it. But I’m also sure he’s not mad about it. Milwaukee is (close) to Chicago. He won’t be mad about it either.”