Bucks’ Parker to return Friday vs. Knicks

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Jabari Parker will make his season debut this Friday at home against the New York Knicks.

Parker tore his left ACL for the second time in his career last season. Early reports suggested Parker would return after the All-Star break, but the Chicago native told Fox Sports Wisconsin that he’s ready to go on Friday barring any late setbacks.

Parker averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 49 percent from the field in 51 games last year.

The Bucks will have a lethal scoring trio of Parker, Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo for the rest of the season and the hope is Parker will help the team move up in the Eastern Conference standings.