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Report: Bucks frustrated at Jabari Parker’s immaturity, jealousy toward Giannis

Jabari Parker

The Milwaukee Bucks have some soul-searching to do now that they are down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics, and part of it may center around a core player.

Yahoo! Sports’ Jordan Schultz reported Tuesday that multiple coaches have said that the Bucks are frustrated with forward Jabari Parker’s immaturity due to a perceived lack of touches. Schultz also adds that the team believes Parker has developed an “unhealthy” amount of jealousy towards star teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The 23-year-old Parker, who just returned to the lineup in February after suffering the second right ACL tear of his NBA career, averaged 12.6 points on 10.7 shot attempts per game during the regular season (as opposed to 26.9 points on 18.7 shots per game for Antetokounmpo). Parker was also the higher draft pick (No. 2 overall as opposed to No. 15), but Antetokounmpo obviously has become the undisputed leader and face of the Bucks.

With Parker due for restricted free agency in the summer, this is obviously a bad time for any potential tension between the two star teammates to emerge again as it has in seasons past.


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