Jabari Parker is making a positive impact in his hometown.
The Milwaukee Bucks forward returned to Chicago last week to put on a free basketball camp for kids, drawing hundreds of young hoopers. The former Simeon star teamed up with his dad, Sonny, and the Jordan brand to make a difference in Chicago communities.
"It's about the culture," Parker said. "Chicago has a rich culture through basketball, and my purpose is to enrich kids' lives and people's lives from the abilities I'm blessed with."
Parker is recovering from his second torn ACL, but based on his moves in the video above, it seems as if his recovery is headed in the right direction.
The Bulls' rebuild begins this fall, and they could have a rude awakening when they begin their preseason schedule.
Fred Hoiberg's group will prepare for the regular season with a slate that includes games against LeBron James, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
All six of the Bulls' preseason games will be aired on CSN Chicago and can be live-streamed on CSNChicago.com using the NBC Sports app.
Here's the schedule:
Tues., Oct. 3: at New Orleans Pelicans, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 4: at Dallas Mavericks, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 6: vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 8: vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 6 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 10: at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 13: vs. Toronto Raptors, 7 p.m.
Tony Snell never figured it out during his time with the Bulls, averaging 5.3 points on 40 percent shooting (and just 35 percent from deep) in three seasons.
He showed some promise on the defensive end as a lengthy 6-foot-7 wing, but eventually fell out of the rotation under first year head coach Fred Hoiberg.
So when the Bulls traded Snell to the Milwaukee Bucks less than two weeks before the regular season started, there was little surprise.
The Bulls had drafted wings Doug McDermott and Denzel Valentine in the previous two drafts, and it was clear Snell wouldn't be part of the rotation. In return they received Michael Carter-Williams, presumably to compete with Jerian Grant for the backup spot behind Rajon Rondo and act as a defensive presence on a team that desparately needed one at the position.
Fast forward eight months and it's clear that the Bulls took a massive loss on the trade, and now the Bucks are poised to lock up Snell long-term.
ESPN's Zach Lowe wrote Friday to expect the Bucks "to re-sign Tony Snell for something in the $10-12 million range" when free agency begins Friday night.
The money might seem steep, but Snell has warranted it. In Milwaukee, Snell averaged 8.5 points, provided superb defense and made 40.6 percent of his 3-pointers in 80 starts for the Bucks. Ironically he would have been a great piece for the Bulls to have as the rebuilding project began, seeing as they lost their best perimeter defender in Jimmy Butler. Snell will turn 26 in November.
Carter-Williams? He appeared in just 46 games, averaging 6.6 points on 36.6 percent shooting and 2.5 assists. He started 19 games but never carved out a real role. Earlier in the month the Bulls declined to give Carter-Williams a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. He actually became the first former Rookie of the Year to not receive a qualifying offer.
The Bulls will move forward at the point with Dunn, Grant, and Cameron Payne.