Jabari Parker Reminds Some of His Childhood Hero Oscar Robertson

By Dave Daniels
Jabari Parker
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The Big O. Jabari Parker was taught well by his father Sonny Parker, and it now shows in Jabari’s game. Sonny early on showed his son archived clips of Oscar Robertson, who many forget started a high school basketball revolution in Indiana. He then went on to become a superstar and also the only player to ever average a triple-double over the course of a season. That is remarkable and probably something that we will never seen done again on a basketball court. Robertson will go down as one of the best to ever play the position, and here is hoping that basketball history does not forget him.

Fortunately for us Robertson is still around, and his impact on the game cannot be understated. LeBron James has flashes of Robertson’s all around dominance. Though James will probably never average a triple-double, his defensive impact on the game is extraordinary. As Parker begins his college career, he definitely knows that he left it all out on the court in high school. Four state championships will be hard to top, but Parker has always been a young man of great ambition. He will not quite get to the same level in college, but it would still not surprise me to see him accomplish remarkable things. November cannot arrive fast enough, and for basketball fans everywhere it will be a beautiful thing when basketball arrives once more.

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