Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Jabari Parker Enjoying Glory Days, But Not a Big Springsteen Fan
NEW YORK — Bruce Springsteen and 45 NBA scouts were on hand at Madison Square Garden Thursday night.
But Jabari Parker wasn’t impressed by either as he had his own Glory Days, going for 23 points and 10 rebounds in Duke’s 80-63 win over UCLA.
Asked by a Duke beat writer if he was familiar with any of The Boss’s music, the potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft said, “Oh no, that’s ahead of my time.”
Ahead, behind. Parker’s not feeling The Boss.
In his defense, Parker is 18 and comes from Chicago.
Springsteen is 64 and hails from New Jersey.
It’s more likely that Garden State native Kyle Anderson, who just missed a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists, would be familiar with Bruce, who attended the game wearing a Yankees cap with his daughter, Jessica, a Duke student.
Springsteen shouldn’t feel too bad that Parker doesn’t know who he is.
Jabari said he also didn’t care much that 45 NBA scouts were on hand.
“I don’t really even pay attention, to tell you the truth,” Parker said. “The [college] scouts was more important when I was in high school. I think now it’s more important that I focus on our team and what we want to focus on.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.