Dec 16, 2014 11:50 PM

AP source: Bucks' Parker out for season

The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) Bucks rookie Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Monday night's 96-94 win at Phoenix.

A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the injury to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to make an announcement before Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Parker was hurt when he took an awkward step before colliding with the Suns' P.J. Tucker. It's a huge blow for a rebuilding franchise off to a good start under new coach Jason Kidd.

The Bucks, who won 15 games all of last season, are 13-12.

Parker, the second-overall pick in this year's draft, averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this year. ESPN first reported the injury.

Parker was a one-and-done star at Duke before getting drafted by Milwaukee in June. The polished forward was a cornerstone in a rebuilding plan for a franchise that had finished above .500 just once since 2003-04.

Milwaukee next plays Wednesday at Portland.


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