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Jabari Parker signs shoe deal with Jordan Brand

Jun 27, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

Jabari Parker was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the second overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, a move that he himself told us a day earlier was completely expected.

A bit of a surprise came hours before Parker’s big moment, however, when it was announced that he had signed with Jordan Brand to endorse the company’s popular line of basketball shoes.

“We could not be more excited to have Jabari Parker officially join our Jordan Family,” said Larry Miller, Jordan Brand president. “Jabari’s character and commitment to excellence makes him a perfect fit with Jordan Brand and we are looking forward to building a legacy with him.”

Parker broke the news himself, by tweeting out a photo of the gold Jumpman tie pin he ended up wearing as part of his draft night ensemble.

Parker’s game has been compared to that of Carmelo Anthony, who (along with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard) just happens to be one of the brand’s biggest current stars.

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  1. ringjames - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Anyone else notice guys signed to Jordan Brand new win championships? Melo, CP3, Westbrook, etc.

    Wade won a championship with Converse. Signed to Jordan Brand, and didn’t win a thing until he signed with Li-Ning and immediately won back to back championships.

    Jordan Brand is cursed.

    • ringjames - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Never win championships*

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Kawhi Leonard just earned a championship by beating down “Ring James”

      • antistratfordian - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Beating down? LeBron just owned Kawhi in the Finals. He shot 57 percent while being defended by Leonard, while posting an insane 32.24 PER on him – that’s the 5th highest Finals PER of all-time, only behind the top efforts of Shaq, Magic and MJ.

      • seansull83 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        And it didn’t matter. He played well but never took over in the 4th which is what he does. Stats don’t win games, the best person on a losing team still loses.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Well he took over an entire game in game 2 – and was the leading scorer in the 4th. But the other games were blowouts, so… I’m sure if they were closer in the 4th, and if he was getting support from his teammates, he would’ve taken over the last period just like he did in Game 6 and Game 7 of the finals last year.

      • divan22 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Yeah, that’s not at all what happened.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        antistratfordian – Jun 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM
        Beating down? LeBron just owned Kawhi in the Finals. He shot 57 percent while being defended by Leonard, while posting an insane 32.24 PER on him – that’s the 5th highest Finals PER of all-time, only behind the top efforts of Shaq, Magic and MJ.
        ———————————————————————————————————————————-

        That’s nice. Who won the series again?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        @asimonetti88 – no one seems to remember. probably because of the low ratings. nobody watched it.

      • billtetley53 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        Monetti: It certainly wasnt the lakers who won.

        You know, for a guy who is in the top 2 lakers fans for whining and crying when someone “hates” on kobe or the lakers, youd think youd show a little more restraint when it comes to LeBron and the heat.

        Nah, thats not a lakers fan style is it? Its to be the biggest know nothing, hypocritical fanbase in all of sports. Your fanbase deserves an extended non competitive era.

        See what happens when you just cant throw the most $ at the players you want?

  2. antistratfordian - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Figured as much when I saw that jumpman pin on his dad’s lapel.

  3. mvp43 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I don’t think its a surprise at all. He’s an engaging well spoken young man…… and he’s got game!

  4. montrealknowledge - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    That’s a lot of “ifs” and hyperbole in all these comments. Lebron is not a good enough basketball player to beat a great TEAM by himself, although MJ would never let his squad get blown out like that, not when he clearly has a championship team behind him.. Which the heat were last year.

  5. rajbais - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Rookie of the Year!!!

  6. rajbais - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    ROY!!!

  7. saint1997 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Parker is a good talent – but he’s no Carmelo. I think people really underestimate just how good Melo is – he’s the best scorer in the league according to Kobe but at least definitely top 3. He also does play solid D and is a phenomenal rebounder. I get Parker has the tools but don’t go comparing him to a successful player like Carmelo before he has played a game in the NBA

  8. seanb20124 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Big men don’t sell shoes

  9. nawlinsmitty - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    saint1997…., Melo can’t even spell defense. He puts no effort into it, and it shows. That’s why he should not go to Chicago. Thibs will eat him alive.

  10. mgavin78 - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Melo playing D… Never has happened. Most overrated player of all time.

  11. skinsfanwill - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    What is this crap about Melo being a great defender and rebounder. He is a great scorer and that is all.

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