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Former NBA draft flop explains why he cried during viral interview

Jabari Parker cries

Jabari Parker fought back tears during an interview during an overseas game. On Monday, the former No. 2 NBA player explained his emotional reaction.

Parker's FC Barcelona team lost 3-0 to their Spanish league rivals Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Liga ACB on Sunday. Parker was interviewed after the game by Jijantes reporter Marc Mundet.

Parker began to cry and was speechless when asked to comment on his first year as a player outside the United States.

The clip went viral on X. Fans immediately began speculating what might have caused Parker's seemingly dejected reaction.

But Parker later clarified to Mundet that the reaction was “utmost joy” because his new team had rekindled his love for the game.

“I was grateful for this organization that gave me a chance. For my teammates who gave me this experience. … This place helped me rediscover my love for the game,” Parker Mundet said in a follow-up interview.

“I wasn't sure if I would ever play basketball again. But thanks to FC Barcelona, ​​the fans, my teammates, my coaches and my friends here, I have found that love and that passion again.”

Parker signed with FC Barcelona in August after failing to attract interest from NBA teams. A month later, Parker even accused the NBA of being “watered down” while praising European leagues as “more legitimate.”

Parker seemed destined for stardom early in his NBA career, but the Duke graduate's career was derailed by a series of knee injuries that severely limited his momentum.

Parker last played for the Boston Celtics during the 2021-22 season. He appeared in just 12 games and averaged 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Parker was scheduled to play for the Milwaukee Bucks – the team that drafted him – in the 2023 NBA Summer League, but had to withdraw due to personal reasons.

H/T Basket News