Jabari Parker, Derrick Rose have plenty in common off the court

Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

In addition to attending the same school, Rose and Parker are coming off debilitating injuries.

After Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the playoffs against the 76ers, the NBA lost one of its brightest young stars for an extended period of time. The Chicago prep scene was similarly afflicted when Simeon Career Academy standout Jabari Parker broke his right foot in July. With Simeon alum Rose still rehabbing, Parker is ready to check back into the game and get his basketball career back on track.

Coming off a state championship season at Simeon -- their third in a row under Parker -- he is expected to lead his school to greatness once again in his senior season. He has been limited so far, scoring just six points in limited minutes for the Wolverines in their season-opener on Saturday. The Wolves don't play again until Dec. 13, so Parker will have more time to get into basketball shape.

Rose's recovery, however, has been much slower. There have been reports that he isn't close to practicing and may not see any game action this season. The Bulls are 9-8 and hold the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference.

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