Jabari Parker, the forward for Barcelona and former second overall NBA draft pick, recently delved into his initial EuroLeague experience during a road game against Olympiacos Piraeus on October 13th. The European crowd’s unique enthusiasm left a lasting impression on the basketball player, who had nothing but praise for the atmosphere.
“I love the atmosphere here,” Parker enthusiastically shared with Eurohoops. “Fans are devoted, they love the game. And really, they help both sides, even if we were the opponents. We like seeing and feeling that energy in the arena.”
Parker’s Barcelona secured a significant victory against Olympiacos, with a final score of 77-68, thanks in large part to a 0-14 run in the closing minutes and a remarkable 15 out of 26 three-pointers. In this game, the former NBA standout was on the court for 13 minutes and 24 seconds, contributing three points by making one of two field goals.
Commenting on the game, Parker remarked, “It was a very good win. Both teams played hard and fought throughout the whole game. It was a good comeback win for us.”
Parker’s journey to Europe comes after facing considerable adversity in the NBA, with two ACL injuries within three years during his time with the Milwaukee Bucks. After struggling to secure a stable spot in an NBA roster, he decided to make the transition to European basketball with Barcelona. Now, he’s embracing this fresh start and remains focused on his goals.
“I’m healthy, and that’s what matters most right now,” Parker affirmed. “The rest will come in due time. I want to be here and seize the opportunity I’ve been given, playing alongside these talented teammates on this exceptional team I’m a part of. I don’t want to miss this opportunity.”
In addition to discussing his European journey, Parker also reminisced about his time with Milwaukee and his relationship with Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. The two shared the court from 2014 to 2018 before Parker moved to the Chicago Bulls.
On the topic of his former teammate, Parker said, “Each made the other a better player with our talent. I know we have a relationship that we both appreciate now. He’s a very good man. We still talk, and that’s something nice.”
Jabari Parker’s shift to European basketball has brought him fresh challenges and a renewed sense of enthusiasm. As he continues to adapt to this new chapter in his career, his positive outlook and strong work ethic are evident in his performances on the court.