D-Rose: Jabari Parker will bounce back

CHICAGO -- Bulls guard Derrick Rose said Sunday he was confident his friend and Milwaukee Bucks rookie forward Jabari Parker would bounce back after his recent season-ending ACL injury.

Rose has known Parker since he was a child, and both attended high school and played for the same varsity coach at Simeon Career Academy on Chicago’s South Side. Parker’s Twitter account includes a picture of himself as a young kid with Rose in Simeon’s gym.

“It’s hard, man,” Rose said of Parker’s injury. “It’s hard. I feel bad for him. At the same time, he’s got the right mentality as a young kid to put basketball first, so I know he’s easily going to bounce back from this injury.”

He said he hadn’t reached out to Parker yet. He wanted to give Parker some time before doing so.

Rose, who has dealt with myriad injuries during his career, said he planned to give Parker some advice but planned to keep it between them.

“It’ll be something I’ll have to tell him personally,” Rose said. “Something I wouldn't say right now.”

Parker, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, tore the ACL in his left knee in a game on Dec. 15. He averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25 games this season.