Former No. 2 Overall Pick Trashes NBA: Not a "Legitimate" League

He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and though he posted one 20-point season, injuries—specifically a torn ACL—have derailed the career of Jabari Parker. He was out of the league last year, and has now decided to bolt overseas to play in Europe. 

Parker is calling out the NBA for being "watered down", and a league that's less than "legitimate."

 “I just want to be a part of something legitimate. Sadly, the NBA is a business and there are 10-12 teams that try to win every game and the other half try to get a draft pick. Where does that leave good players?"

Parker is taking aim at the tanking of so many teams on a yearly basis. He's particularly peeved that so many veteran multi-time All-Stars have been shut out of the league. 

"It’s no excuse to see DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, or John Wall, guys who are potentially going into the Hall of Fame… seeing those guys not have a job? We are seeing the league getting watered down, unfortunately."

Parker, now 28, is thrilled to be playing in Spain, with his new club, Barça.

"I knew I wanted to play this season and I didn’t want to wait. I didn’t want to have to go through the extenuating process of trying to figure out an NBA team that was going to take a chance on me."

In 8 NBA seasons, Parker averaged 14 points and 5.5 rebounds. 

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