Parker takes nothing for granted

Parker (knee) will play for the first time in 51 weeks when he comes off the bench Friday vs. New York. 

Milwaukee - Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker said he expects to play about 15 minutes when he makes his season debut against Knicks on Friday night.

Wednesday, Parker said he's not taking future playing time for granted.

"From this point on I have to earn it. Earn everything."

Parker hasn't played since tearing his left ACL for the second time in three seasons last February. The rehab process has been long, but the 22-year old said he's optimistic that he'll get back to 100%.

"It was a rapid growth for me mentally and physically. And I'm grateful for the people that laid the foundation for me, especially the man above," Parker said after practice. "From this point on it's not being complacent, not being satisfied. Just keep on trying to be as good as I can be."

Entering play Wednesday the Bucks were 27-22, good for sixth in the Eastern Conference - just 2 games behind Cleveland for third in the standings. Milwaukee is 4-0 under interim head coach Joe Prunty.