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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19 2014 10:05 a.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"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.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

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!

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

I'm confident that if Jabari had come to BYU, he would have helped lead BYU to victory over Portland at Portland.

Midwest City, USA, OK


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.

Salt Lake City, UT

It is wonderful to see coaches like "Coach K". Others should follow his example.

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

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?

Provo, UT

Stand alone if you must but stand.

Trabuco Canyon, CA

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.

salt lake city, UT

Great story and it seems a very fine young man. With or without basketball he's going to be fine.

Lehi, UT

Would love to have someone of his caliber. Jazz, please tank!

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Concerning some of the first comments - haters gonna hate.

Plano, TX

Sounds like a well-raised kid.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

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.

The Deuce
Livermore, CA

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.

Sandy, UT

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.

Alpine, UT

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.

San Diego, CA

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.

Gilbert, AZ

This appears to be a tease article. Now I need to read the Sports Illustrated article?

Saint George, UT

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.

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