Storyline: Chandler Parsons Injury

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3 months ago via ESPN

A silver lining to Parsons’ latest knee surgery, the scope of his left knee: He’d have plenty of time in the offseason to work on his frame and his game, luxuries he didn’t have the past two summers when he had to focus solely on rehabbing from more serious surgeries on his right knee. “I dedicated my entire summer to my body,” Parsons says. “I can’t even really compare it to last year because it’s night and day how my body feels, the kind of shape I’m in. I’m lean. I’m playing 5-on-5, one-on-one, 2-on-2, 3-on-3. Working out five times a week. I’m doing stuff now that basically I couldn’t even do throughout the season last year. It’s completely different.”

Of course, Parsons made things worse by continuing with his life-of-the-party social media presence — including his much-chronicled All-Star jaunt to #Chancun — which gave some the impression that he wasn’t sufficiently bothered by his inability to live up to his big deal. “I did a poor job comprehending it and I was frustrated and I was cold and I was angry last year,” Parsons said. “As an athlete, as a competitor, you want to do great, you want to do special things out there, and I straight up didn’t do that last year.”

But it’s Vince Carter who may have the best handle on this. He played with Parsons in Dallas, and has been Parsons’ closest supporter on the team. “The most important thing for Chandler now, in my opinion, is getting Chandler right, whatever that means,” Carter said. “It’s not just his body, it’s his mind. The mental, when that’s broken, when that’s beat down and needs to be fixed, that’s just as bad as a knee or ankle. While he’s trying to rehab all his injuries, this is the most important thing for him. If he comes back as a confident player, everything else will take care of itself.”

Chandler Parsons done for the season

Michael Wallace: Can confirm Grizzlies small forward Chandler Parsons having meniscectomy procedure on left knee Monday, and will miss rest of season. It’ll be 3rd knee procedure for Parsons in as many years. Monday’s meniscus repair comes almost on anniversary of 3/25/16 repair of R knee. Parsons averaged 6.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 34 games this season as he pushed through recovery challenges from issues with both knees.

Unprompted, Fizdale took a jab at Parsons critics during the middle of his post-game media scrum. Parsons might require surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee, and the Grizzlies won their last two games without Parsons after losing five straight. “Slowly but surely it’s coming along,” Fizdale said with a smirk before adding: “Personally, I blame Chandler for everything that went wrong. I’m kidding because I know people are going to say crap like that.”

Where is Chandler Parsons at in his recovery? Conley: Over the last two weeks he’s progressed nicely. I think he gets frustrated with not playing more minutes because he feels like his body feels that good. So that’s a great sign. And I think our management our coaching staff and training staff is doing a good job of slowly bringing him along because they understand our goals are a lot bigger than you know Jan. 10 through the 22 of them you know trying to get him to play 30 minutes a game. We need him for the long run, we need him for the playoffs, we need him healthy. So I think he’s doing great.

“Slowly but surely, we’re just bringing him along and just letting him get his sea legs under him,” said Grizzlies first-year coach David Fizdale, who has Parsons playing between 12 and 15 minutes per game and resting on the second night of back-to-back sets. “Hopefully as we move through the season and he can stay healthy, we keep extending his minutes a little more at a time. We can’t risk, for a couple games here or there, the big picture. And the big picture is going as deep as we can in this thing.”

For Parsons’ part, he has taken the self-effacing route on social media. On Dec. 2, when a fan asked him what he wanted for Christmas, Parsons offered a brutally honest response: “Healthy knees.” “Social media is their outlet to talk (expletive) and be negative,” he said. “That’s the world of sports. Obviously I want to be playing 30, 35 minutes (per game), and I expect to be by the end of the season. And I have no doubt I can get back (to peak form).”

Grind City Media: There’s a lot of anticipation surrounding your return to the court within the next few days. Where exactly are you in the rehab and conditioning process, and how do you feel about being on the verge of making your Grizzlies debut? Parsons: First of all, I feel awesome. It’s been a long journey. It’s something that I had just went through two seasons ago with the microfracture (surgery) and taking seven months to come back. And now basically having to do it over again with this meniscus surgery, I had learned a lot from the first time, doing things differently, knowing my body better, taking my time and not rushing back. But at the same time, fighting the trainers to let me do more and more. It’s an anxious feeling. It’s an exciting feeling, and I’ve worked extremely hard, so now whatever happens is going to happen. And I’m ready.

GCM: You’ve talked about overcoming the physical hurdles. But are you mentally and psychologically free and past the thought that you are coming back from a second knee surgery? Parsons: Yeah. I mean, I don’t expect to go out there and score 40 the first night. I’m going to be on a minutes’ restriction and they’re going to gradually take this up. And if it’s one thing I learned from last time, it’s don’t get frustrated if you have a bad shooting night or go into a slump. It’s not going to be a process that happens overnight. So going through the first surgery, I’m used to that. But I’ve worked just as hard if not harder on this rehab, and I played the best basketball of my career after that first surgery. So this rehab seemed like a piece of cake to me.
1 year ago via ESPN

Forward Chandler Parsons will not be cleared to play in the Memphis Grizzlies’ season opener as the team continues to exercise caution in his return from the second surgery on his right knee, coach David Fizdale told reporters Monday. The knee was the primary reason that the Dallas Mavericks did not attempt to re-sign Parsons, who signed a four-year, $94 million maximum contract with the Grizzlies in free agency. Parsons had season-ending surgeries on the knee each of the past two years.
1 year ago via ESPN

Forward Chandler Parsons will not be cleared to play in the Memphis Grizzlies’ season opener as the team continues to exercise caution in his return from the second surgery on his right knee, coach David Fizdale told reporters Monday. The knee was the primary reason that the Dallas Mavericks did not attempt to re-sign Parsons, who signed a four-year, $94 million maximum contract with the Grizzlies in free agency. Parsons had season-ending surgeries on the knee each of the last two years.

Chandler Parsons: It’s definitely way more minor than last season. It’s going to seem like a piece of cake with the rehab from what I’ve already been through. From that standpoint, I’m confident I’ll be OK. Obviously, the length of the recovery time is nowhere near as long as it was last time, with this one being six to eight weeks. There’s some positive things that came out of it. I think this was an overall good thing to do now, to clean up. It’s bad timing, because I’m not playing now in the most important time of the season, but for the long-term future, I think this was the best idea to do. Obviously, Mark [Cuban] and Rick [Carlisle] and our doctors agreed.

Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons is having surgery on his right knee again but might not be finished for the season. A person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday that Parsons was having arthroscopic surgery for a meniscus tear in his right knee but could return. The team said Parsons will not make the upcoming four-game road trip because of the right knee injury, and coach Rick Carlisle declined to discuss the specifics. The person spoke of Parsons’ injury on the condition of anonymity because details weren’t released.
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