Jabari Parker pre-draft interview quotes
The following are some Jabari Parker pre-draft interview quotes from Wednesday, one day before the 2014 NBA Draft. Parker played basketball at Duke and is a top-ranked draft prospect:
Question: Do you expect the Bucks to draft you?
Jabari Parker: : Yeah, I think so.
Question: Why did you say that, or what makes you think youíre going to go No. 2?
Parker: : Iíve got some comfort level with them, especially with them just telling me Ďwe want you.í I didnít get really any answers from the Cavs, so Iím just going with what Iím certain with.
Question: Can you talk about the workout in Cleveland? Thereís been a lot of reports that you tanked it, whatís your take on it, how do you think it went in Cleveland?
Parker: : I think I have too much pride to just waste other peopleís time. I come from Duke, and most importantly I come from a family with good values. I donít have time to waste other peopleís opportunities, and the chances I have in front of me. Thereís going to be a lot of speculation and a lot of negativity. I would be glad to look that person in the eye, that wrote that stuff, and they could give me their assumptions.
Question: Were you insulted by that when you heard the report?
Parker: : No, because Iíve been dealing with that my entire life. People giving me negative approaches about my weight, but I donít have any problem about the way that I am. At the end of the day, I have to play basketball, and that really takes it out of proportion.
Question: How would you feel if Cleveland selected you?
Parker: : It would be a great opportunity. Anywhere that Iím going, Iím going there for a reason. They are going to pick me, Iím going to go on stage and accept that hat.
Question: What makes your game NBA ready?
Parker: : Right now, Iím in the process. I donít think that Iím prepared as soon as possible. I think the summer league will get me better adjusted with the new rules and the defensive changes. Then Iíll be able to prove myself.
Question: What kind of conversations have you had with Coach K about the transition to the NBA, since heís coached the Olympic team so much.
Parker: : To remain professional. Everywhere they let you go, itís a business. Itís your responsibility to represent yourself, represent that character that he taught me at Duke.
Question: Did you get the impression in Cleveland that they didnít want you, or that they were just non-committal?
Parker: : They just didnít make commitments. I think that theyíre playing the safe side of things, they donít want to say theyíre all-in too early because they hold a high pick and plenty of opportunities with other free agents, so you never know. Itís a surprising draft.