"I don’t emphasize my religion,” Parker said. “The truth
is I’m not really different from my teammates. I just try to be a good
person and they love me for who I am.”It’s an approach
that has earned Coach K’s respect. “Jabari doesn’t publicize
his faith,” Kryzyewski said. “He doesn’t throw it in your
face"A lot of people could learn from his example.
And to think, Jabari could instead have been a Ute and then that means he would
of won nba most valuable player by now because he would of been a prestegous Ute
with a awesome road record! Boy has Jabari missed out LOL!Go Utes!
I'm confident that if Jabari had come to BYU, he would have helped lead BYU
to victory over Portland at Portland.
@Rational:No kidding. It's disappointing that there are a
number of people who go around this site aggressively pushing opposition to
anything true and good. One of the reasons I try to stand and participate in
commenting is because of this sort of disruptive, hypocritical intolerance.
It is wonderful to see coaches like "Coach K". Others should follow his
Seriously, this is a great story about a great young man and how he is living
HIS life. Can we give the childish banter a rest, just once?
Stand alone if you must but stand.
Great Article! I hope a certain Football Coach and a certain Basketball coach up
on the hill read the article and learn from it. I mean Learn A Lot from it. Then
put it into use.
Great story and it seems a very fine young man. With or without basketball
he's going to be fine.
Would love to have someone of his caliber. Jazz, please tank!
Concerning some of the first comments - haters gonna hate.
Sounds like a well-raised kid.
I am sure that coach Rose does all the same things that coach Kryzyewski did
with Jabari.Coach Rose has made it to the NCAA championship game as a
player. He has also produced a national player of the year. He has an amazing
record.Duke and Kansas should have amazing records if only because
of the caliber of players they attract. Rose could do just as well, or maybe
even better with the same raw material. Coach Rose has produced stellar results
with less talented players.
To: The Rock, Federal Way, WA: Coach Rose has the same opportunity to go out and
recruit those high caliber players. Why then do we not see them and loose to
Portland? With the connection that Parker has with the LDS faith, I would have
been parked in his driveway if I was Coach Rose. What has happened to the once
highly respected BYU Basketball program?
I have come to admire Chris B. and his opinions are, contrary to what many
think, insightful and not in the least vindictive. I agree with him that it
would be more acceptable if we didn't flaunt religion but respected and
found the diverse opinions others express a chance to expand our understanding
and love for viewpoints that don't march in lockstep with our own. Some of
my most cherished friends are those with different backgrounds and opinions than
mine.Why not look inside those comments instead of prematurely assuming he
is being argumentive and critical.
I like Jabari and I like the articles about him. But I hope we're not
setting him up for failure by having too much positive coverage of him at such
an early age. Nobody realizes the pressure that is put on a kid to call him the
"best HS player since Lebron James", etc. He's lived up to the
hype thus far but sometimes it's not to just see a good kid be a good kid,
without touting his accomplishments and creating expectations at every turn. I
hope Mr Benedict gets it and is keeping it all in check.
After reading the SI article it is clear that Jabari made the right choice. It
is clear that BYU wasn't in the running, but if he would have considered
coming here he wouldn't have learned the finer points. BYU has trouble
teaching their bigs to box out and their ball handlers not to go one on five.
I am a very devout member of the LDS Church and love to see a young person like
Jabari Parker being such a humble leader. Although I don't like some of
Chris B's comments in the past, I put a star by his comment on this
article. Shouldn't we all agree that example is the strongest teacher and
that throwing one's religion in another's face is annoying?
Rational's comment, while clever, was a low blow.
This appears to be a tease article. Now I need to read the Sports Illustrated
In this day and age of technology, isn't it amazing to see that a little
human touch goes a long way. Coach K's efforts to send handwritten letters,
to teach / coach a point on basketball during a home visit, to take interest in
the development of the character of a person. The story serves as a great
reminder of things I can do to strengthen personal and business relationships in
my own life. I've heard Coach K speak at a Nike basketball clinic, and
wondered how anyone would ever say no to him if he were recruiting you. He is
such a dynamic personality off the court.
@SoCalTrueBlue"Rational's comment, while clever, was a low
blow."Context, my friend, context. 10,000 posts give one
Kyle Collinsworth is certainly a Jabari-Parker type of player, though a few
inches shorter, and no Parker means Kyle has had opportunity to play, develop.
As a BYU fan, I'm rooting for him to improve, help take the Cougs to at
least the Final 4 someday. It is obvious Coach K. at Duke has had
outstanding talent to work with, year after year, and that is why so many wins,
that and support of non-LDS media & fans, which far outnumber the LDS
community, who believe there are more important things than basketball. I remind that BYU has not won the NCAA basketball championship, ever, nor
made the final 4. That is a wonderment to me...why can't the Cougars win
it, why does it always have to be Duke, or just certain elite teams? Answer may
be D&C 130:20-21, perhaps it is not the nature of BYU to be so
single-mindedly basketball that they totally focus to obey the law by which a
blessing of NCAA Champs may be obtained? Perhaps that law in part is getting the
better, elite players like Jabari Parker?
@oddmanI'm not against different points of view from my own,
and I'm certain most everyone else is on here would agree with me. But what
we don't like is condescending, childish rhetoric being shoved down our
throats.So perpetually mocking BYU fans for rooting for their team,
win or lose, is in your opinion "insightful" or going on a message board
before a BYU game is even over and laughing about the score is, in your opinion
"...not in the least vindictive," (By the way, BYU ended up winning some
of those games) than I suppose civil discussion in your view must mean, do as we
say, not as we do.
Sounds like a great kid. A winner.
Top commenter Chris B has a point. But these telling words? " A lot of
people could learn from his example." Hmmmn. If we all fixed ourselves
first what a wonderful world it would be or so say all the great religions and
The huge majority of us LDS folks just try to live our lives and our beliefs the
best we know how. Yet we are imperfect humans. We are a proselyting, missionary
Church. Occasionally I get a bit too pushy but for the most part I just try to
live the second great commandment: "thou shalt love thy neighbor as
thyself". Jabari is someone we all can emulate.
It's a good article. It's too bad Jeff Benedict is a polarizing and
controversial figure in Utah nowadays. He really hurt his credibility last year
when he attacked Utah and Utah fans. Real shame.