After playing a season-high 21 minutes the night before in an overtime win over the Raptors – his eighth game since returning from a torn ACL – and getting home late from Toronto, then going through a morning practice in Milwaukee with another game the next day, he could have rested.
He's made it clear that he plays the game – and works hard enough to come back from two serious knee injuries in 26 months – for the kids that look up to him, particularly the kids in Milwaukee.
And he knew that many of the children he's so actively involved with in Milwaukee Public Schools – where he frequently visits, mentors, donates money and devotes time and energy – had not seen the popular movie, which, on its way to breaking box-office records, has become not only critically acclaimed, but also culturally vital.
(Since it was a Saturday, MPS wasn't formally involved, but the organizations – Operation Dream, PEARLS for Teen Girls, Neu-Life Community Development and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center – are composed of mostly MPS students.) Parker arrived an hour early and went around meeting and talking to everyone.
"He kind of looks at this as business-as-usual," Snow said, while children walked past – part of his personal platform, not a play for publicity.