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Published: Thursday, May 17 2012 12:00 p.m. MDT

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Santa Monica, CA

Not a very well written article. Kind of boring and too much about the author. I guess this is a teaser for the SI article. I hope it's better than this.

Afterglow Fanissimo
Salt Lake City, Utah

Yeah, this sounds like more of an article about Jeff Benedict than an article about Jabari Parker. Not to mention the Steve Young name dropping. Congratulations to the author, though, for making his dream come true and writing for Sports Illustrated. But, as far as Jabari, Mister Benedict seems to have turned his back on him, just like that Benedict Arnold of old.


It did occur to me as I read the article that I had hoped for more about Jabari, no so much about why Jabari is like the author, but it was nice to hear about his character being pre-eminent over his basketball skills. I think having good character becomes more difficult as you go up that talent/skill chart, so Jabari continues to impress. I hope he can hold to his great character throughout his career because great role models in sports are few!

Go Utes, CA

c'mon folks. The article was fine. I enjoyed reading it, and it made me interested in reaading the SI feature.


Why can't you people understand that what Benedict is doing is giving all of us background info on how his SI cover story came into being. It is sometimes interesting to learn how a writer came about writing a piece like that, or personal insights he had in writing it. That's why he's including more personal experiences. But if you numbskulls badger him with non-sensical comments, I wouldn't blame him if he stopped. Geez, people. Get a clue.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Jabari would look real fine wearing Cougar Blue. That would really irritate some folks.

Somewhere in Time, UT

I read the article in Sports Illustrated and it is excellent. Mr. Benedict did a great job.

I can't believe how similar this story is to Jimmer's. I recommend it to everyone.


Afterglow Fanissimo: Take a careful look at the title of the article:

‘Sports Illustrated writer Jeff Benedict grateful for the opportunity to share Jabari Parker story with the world’

The title of the article tells you that the article is about Jeff Benedict's experience writing the article and, astonishingly, that is exactly what it was about.

Warwick, RI

I enjoyed this article! It's supposed to be about Jeff Benedict and how grateful he was to cover the story about Jabari for SI. Thanks for sharing, Jeff!

Sainte Genevieve, MO

GREAT article! It brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for the back story. I can just imagine what Jabari's parents thought when they first saw the SI cover and how they were able to keep it a secret from their son I will never know. I couldn't have kept that big a secret very long from any of my seven children. I really enjoyed the SI article and this one too. Never mind the knuckle heads Jeff, you did GOOD!!

Salt Lake City, UT

@Cats, "I can't believe how similar this story is to Jimmer's." Everything except that this kid is black, for real, will have a career in the NBA, humble, doesn't think of himself as more than he actually is, won't be attending BYU, and probably will go on a mission. Yup, pretty much the same as Jimmer's story.

Saint George, Utah

Wow, read SI for the article about Jabari. This article was intended to draw a comparison and it did that just fine. I enjoyed it. So many lit critics.

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