Scott Faust’s first year as Milwaukee’s head athletic trainer got off to a rough start after Kris Middleton suffered a hamstring avulsion injury shortly before the start of training camp. The injury occurred after Middleton slipped on a wet spot, tearing his hamstring away from the bone. The fifth-year forward missed 50 games recovering after surgery.
The relief felt by Middleton’s return was short-lived as Jabari Parker suffered a torn ACL tear in Middleton’s first game of the season. Parker, the former 2nd overall pick, became the first NBA player since former Buck All-Star Michael Redd to re-tear a previously repaired ACL. Parker is expected to miss the first four-to-five months of the season recuperating.
Despite the setbacks, Faust succeeding in reducing the Bucks’ total number of games lost to injury. Now he will once again be tasked with rehabbing a prominent member of the Bucks rotation while managing any other minor injuries that will inevitably surface. The team has already spent time working with franchise stalwart Giannis Antetokounmpo who sat out EuroBasket with an undisclosed knee injury.