Derrick Rose impressed by Jabari Parker’s game
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter November 14, 2013 8:30PM
Updated: December 16, 2013 6:34AM
Derrick Rose didn’t attend the Champions Classic doubleheader Tuesday at the United Center to witness Duke freshman Jabari Parker’s coming-out party. But he wasn’t surprised Parker — who, like Rose, attended Simeon — played well in front of the home crowd and a national-television audience.
‘‘Great man,’’ Rose said of Parker’s 27-point, nine-rebound effort against Kansas. ‘‘Jabari, it’s crazy seeing how far he’s come in his career and who he’s becoming. Seeing him in sixth or seventh grade, a little chubby kid, and now he’s a young man and his future is looking bright. I’m happy for him.’’
Rose, who said he watched both games on TV, showed his Simeon roots when asked if Parker stood out above Kentucky freshman Julius Randle and Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.
‘‘Oh, man, I think all of them are great, but I think Jabari stuck out,’’ Rose said. ‘‘I’m not saying that Wiggins isn’t ready or Randle isn’t ready. You just saw Jabari have that NBA-type game, and he was really out there trying to prove something.’’
But Rose wasn’t quite ready to make Parker the No. 1 pick in the
2014 draft. He warned the NBA game is much different and said Parker needs the rest of the season to grow as a player before that assessment can be made.
Business as usual
Whether guard Kirk Hinrich starts in place of Rose (hamstring) on Friday against the Raptors, he said coming off the bench and working with the starters is all the same for him.
‘‘I think it’s just the minutes and just being ready from the jump,’’ Hinrich said. ‘‘Playing a lot more with the first-unit guys, as opposed to Mike [Dunleavy Jr.] or Taj [Gibson], maybe. But the approach is really the same as far as just getting the scouting report and being ready to run the team. In that way, it’s a lot of the same.’’