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Jabari Parker explains 'street cred' comment and dreams of a Bulls roster centered on Chicago natives: 'We get it'

Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO -- Other players who have had bad breakups with their former teams, like Jabari Parker had with the Bulls, may shy away from revenge talk, but Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce knew otherwise.

"Yeah, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't" important to Parker, Pierce said before the Hawks' 136-102 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday night. "We go to Milwaukee (Parker's first NBA team) a couple of weeks back and he puts on his season high (33 points) with us, and there's no coincidence."

Parker had 11 points and seven rebounds against the Bulls on Wednesday.

The native South Sider and Simeon alumnus never meshed with his hometown Bulls and quickly fell out of favor in his one season with them last year -- and that might be an understatement. The Bulls packaged him with Bobby Portis in a trade for Otto Porter Jr. with the Wizards in February.

Since then, Parker has taken advantage of every opportunity to express how he feels about the Bulls and their treatment of him, either through his play or in interviews.

Such was the case before the game Wednesday, when he told ESPN.com, "I just had to move on, but that never changed about how I feel about my city because I have more street cred than that organization, period."

 

Later, Parker clarified what he meant by "street cred" to the Tribune.

"I can go anywhere in the city," he said, explaining that he's accepted on the South and West sides. "I can go to Englewood, I can go to K-Town. I can go anywhere in the city. That's thanks to my dad (Sonny) (and) people that I've helped in the past, but I'm good everywhere in the city."

Parker grew up playing at the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club on the West Side, where Sonny, a former Golden State Warrior, worked.

As for the Bulls, he said he knows he and other Chicago natives in the NBA, such as Hawks teammate Evan Turner, would love to play together in the city, but he doubts current Bulls brass would be interested.

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