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.”
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“They’re impressed,” Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace says. “They say, first of all, his mobility is at a significantly higher level than it was last year at this time. Chandler also when we discuss his progress with him is very buoyant and upbeat about where he is. He feels that he has more lift, more explosiveness, better movement. This is really his first legitimate offseason in a couple of years.”
Peter Edmiston: Chandler Parsons was a full go at the Grizzlies’ morning practice. Afterwards, he said, “I feel like an actual basketball player today.” Skepticism about his condition is certainly warranted but things are better this year than last.
It was nice to hear the optimism coming from any and all at Grizzlies media day whenever the topic of Parsons came up. Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace: “He’s cleared to be a full participant.” Grizzlies coach David Fizdale: “I’m not going to use kid gloves with him this year, for sure.” Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley: “He’s the X-factor for us. He’s the guy. Looking for a big year from him.”
“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.”
“I was a fan once. I still am a fan,” he said. “When I grew up in Orlando every time Grant Hill got hurt I got so ticked. ‘This guy is soft. He doesn’t care. He makes too much money to be getting hurt.’ And now that I’m in his shoes, I just want to call him and say, ‘Hey man, my bad.’” In other words, Parsons gets it. He was as frustrated with Hill as some Grizzlies fans have been with him.
Pete Pranica: Chandler Parsons: “I had fun playing basketball today” as opposed to sitting out drills last camp. #Grizzlies
The Grizzlies forced Parsons into the lineup. It cost the team at least half a dozen games. Finally, in late March, the Grizzlies pulled the plug on the whole disastrous enterprise. Parsons had played in 34 games, averaging 19.9 minutes and 6.2 points. “Awful,” is how Parsons described his play last season, as in: “I’ve never played awful for a long period of time.
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.”
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace on @Chandler Parsons: “We expect Chandler to be here fully participating in training camp in late September.”
Michael Wallace: More Wallace on Parsons: “Physically, he’s where he should be. He’s now pretty close to being full steam ahead with basketball.”
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.”
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.
Michael Wallace: Can tell you high hopes and optimism remain within Grizz organization about Parsons, who signed 4yr, $94 million deal last summer.
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.”
Memphis Grizzlies small forward Chandler Parsons will likely undergo season-ending surgery for the third consecutive year, sources told ESPN. The Grizzlies said Monday night that Parsons is out indefinitely with a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee, which is not the knee he had operated on the previous two years. Sources said that a final decision on whether he needs surgery is likely to be made later this week after Parsons is further evaluated.
Sources: Chandler Parsons will likely need season-ending knee surgery for the third straight year. Final decision will be made after further evaluations this week.
Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee. Parsons will be out indefinitely as the team fully evaluates the appropriate course of action.
“To suffer a setback like this after working so diligently to rebound from the injury to his right knee is obviously tough. That said, we know he will continue to work tirelessly to return to the court with his teammates and contribute,” General Manager Chris Wallace said. “Chandler has the full support of myself, Coach Fizz and the entire team and we are all focused on getting him healthy.”
Ronald Tillery: Hearing Grizzlies are contemplating shutting down Parsons for rest of this season. Might not happen but it’s possible.
Ronald Tillery: re: Parsons. Be surprised if Parsons (knee) plays again for Grizzlies this season.
Grizzlies SF Chandler Parsons will sit out for the second time in three games due to soreness in his left knee. That is not the knee that Parsons has had surgically repaired twice, but a bone bruise in the left knee sidelined Parsons for a month earlier this season.
Ronald Tillery: Pregame – Griz coach David Fizdale says Harrison will start again and James Ennis will replace Chandler Parsons (sore left knee) as starter
Chandler Parsons: I’m physically in pain. I’m well enough to play, obviously, but I’m going to go through soreness. The good thing is I’ve been through this already and it’s nothing I’m not used to. And I know my body better now. But, yeah, I think a lot of it is mental. Nobody wants to play well more than I do. I know a lot of people are getting frustrated and, trust me, they’re not more frustrated than I am.
Chandler Parsons: I’m in the gym every single day. The worst part is, when you have surgeries like this, this summer I could work on my body, I could work on my strength, I could work on my conditioning, but I couldn’t really work on my game, so now I’m basically working on my game in NBA games and it’s showing. I’m missing a lot of shots, I’m missing shots that I usually make.
Chandler Parsons: I love basketball. Basketball is everything to me. I’m not just going to shut it down because I’m struggling. What kind of coward would I be if I did that? I’m going to continue to work hard, I’m going to continue to bust my ass and try and be the best player I can become. (Shutting it down) is not going to happen unless I have to have surgery or something.
Parsons, who scored in double figures just once in February, missed three of four shots and finished with four points, four fouls and two turnovers in 23 minutes against the Suns. “I told you guys, my lens is different than everyone else’s,” Fizdale said before the team departed for Friday’s game in Dallas against the Mavericks. “I’d like to see some of these people come off some of the injuries he’s had and try to come out and play in an NBA game, and do it well. It’s difficult. So, I’m going to keep showing extreme confidence in him. I understand that it’s a real slow process. I’m happy that I have him for the minutes that I have him. We’re just going to keep working towards his rhythm.”
“Maybe it will help (critics/fans) to know that nobody on our team works harder than him,” Fizdale said of Parsons. “He’s in here every day, all night, either getting treatment, lifting, shooting. My coaches with families are staying in here late at night with him, because he carries that weight heavier than anybody.”
“He feels like he’s letting his team down, he feels like he’s letting this city down, and he doesn’t want that,” Fizdale said of Parsons. “I know people get on him about the social media stuff. That’s today’s athlete. I don’t know why people get all riled up.”
Ronald Tillery: Griz forward Chandler Parsons (rest) WILL NOT play Friday vs Warriors
Michael Wallace: Chandler Parsons will sit out tonight for rest vs Kings, but expected to play Saturday vs Rockets. It’s continuation of Parsons’ process.
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.
“I mean, it’s awful,” Parsons told USA TODAY Sports about his shot as he headed for the exits of the Golden 1 Center. “It’s flat. I’m not in game shape. I’m obviously not hitting at a high rate, and I’ve been an efficient player my entire career. But it’s the law of averages, man. Let me keep playing. I ain’t gonna shoot this bad for the rest of the year.”
“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).”
Tim MacMahon: Grizzlies SF Chandler Parsons went through a full practice Monday and will return in “a matter of days,” according to coach David Fizdale. Parsons has been out a month with a bone bruise in his left knee. The team will hit reset on the minutes restriction for Parsons, who sat out several games to start the season due to his recovery from surgery on his right knee.
Tim MacMahon: A source says Chandler Parsons is not expected to play Sunday against the Jazz despite being upgraded to questionable on the Grizzlies’ official injury report. Parsons has missed a month with a bone bruise in his left knee.
Tim MacMahon: The Grizzlies are listing Mike Conley (back) and Chandler Parsons (knee) as doubtful for Friday’s game against the Kings, an upgrade after their extended absences. Sources say Conley is much more likely to play than Parsons. Both have resumed full basketball activities.
Adrian Wojnarowski: James Ennis has been close to Grizz return, but Conley and Chandler Parsons making significant progress toward returns, sources say.
David Aldridge: Told Parsons’s rehab is proceeding according to schedule. FWIW.
Orazio Cauchi: Hearing that Chandler Parsons needs another knee surgery and may miss the rest of the season, per source.
Tim MacMahon: Source: Chandler Parsons has a bone bruise in his left knee that could cause him to miss up to two weeks. That is not the knee that Parsons has had surgically repaired twice. The Grizzlies announced that Parsons will miss Monday’s game in Charlotte, the second straight game he will miss.
Tim MacMahon: This issue is not with the knee Chandler Parsons has had surgically repaired. No structural damage, per sources.
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.
Tim MacMahon: The Grizzlies are bumping Chandler Parsons’ Memphis debut up to Sunday. “Felt great in workout [Friday]. I’m ready to rock,” Parsons told ESPN in a text message. “No reason to wait.”
Tim MacMahon: Sources: Chandler Parsons will make his Grizzlies debut on Tuesday against the Nuggets. es.pn/2emIW2B
Michael Wallace: Grizz forward Chandler Parsons is expected to make his season debut within the next two games. Grizz play Sun vs POR and Tue vs DEN.
Michael Wallace: Story coming soon to grizzlies.com about Parsons’ progression through rehab to point of being on verge of making Grizz debut. Grizzlies will continue to be both patient and proactive with Parsons’ management and maintenance in return from March knee procedure.
Dick Carlisle: Your knee is healthy? Chandler Parsons: Close dick, real close. Keep your head up.
Parsons is being brought along slowly following his latest knee surgery, but in an update on the team’s Twitter account notes he is now playing 5-on-5 and hopes to be on the court “soon.”
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.
Parsons began full participation in Grizzlies practices last week and hoped to be cleared to play in the opener. He told ESPN over the weekend that he was experiencing “no problems at all with the knee.” However, Parsons understood that the Grizzlies would err on the side of caution after making such a major financial investment in him, plus he needs to work his way into basketball shape.
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.
Tim MacMahon: Chandler Parsons fully participated in the Grizzlies’ last two practices but has yet to be cleared for game action. “No problems at all with the knee,” he told ESPN in a text message. Parsons hopes to play in Memphis’ opener, but he understands that the Grizzlies will take a cautious approach in his return from the second surgery on his right knee in two years.
Calvin Watkins: Grizz coach David Fizzle said he’s not sure when Chandler Parsons will return, team is thinking about the big picture. He’s progressing.
Tim MacMahon: Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons participated in limited contact work Wednesday for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery in March. “I feel really, really good and hope to continue to do more this week,” Parsons told ESPN. His availability for the season opener remains uncertain.
Tim MacMahon: Memphis GM Chris Wallace on risk of Chandler Parsons’ knee problems: “We don’t see it as taking a chance at all. If we weren’t 100 percent sold on Chandler, we wouldn’t be having this news conference today. We have all the faith in the world in his ability to rehab and stay healthy and provide us just a level of talent and versatility with his size on the perimeter that we haven’t had in the past.”
Sources say multiple renowned orthopedic specialists have given Parsons clearance to resume full basketball activities and expressed optimism that his knee would not prevent him from having a long, productive NBA career. Parsons averaged 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 61 games last seasons, statistics skewed by a slow start as he dealt with strict minutes restrictions.
Tim MacMahon: Chandler Parsons is out of his knee brace. Still extremely unlikely to be available for second round. (Which is extremely unlikely for Mavs)
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.
Sources: Chandler Parsons underwent successful surgery to address the torn meniscus in his right knee Friday morning. Mavs team physician Dr. Daniel Worrel performed the arthroscopic procedure in Dallas. Parsons will miss the remainder of the season but is expected to be able to go through his normal offseason basketball workout routine.
Parsons, who sources say will receive a second opinion before scheduling an operation, is expected to be fully recovered in time to resume his regular offseason basketball-workout routine.
This would be the second consecutive season that Parsons’ season ends prematurely because of surgery on his right knee. However, sources said this injury is not nearly as severe as the cartilage damage he suffered last season that was repaired with a hybrid microfracture procedure on May 1.
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.
The injury isn’t considered as serious as the one that knocked Parsons out of the first round of the playoffs last season and required surgery and a long rehabilitation that carried over into training camp and limited his playing time early this season. Parsons could resume basketball activities within six weeks, which means he could be available when the playoffs start in mid-April. There are roughly three weeks left in the regular season.
Dwain Price: Chandler Parsons is expected to have season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, a source told the Star-Telegram.
Tim MacMahon: Sources: Chandler Parsons has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will likely undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery this week. An MRI on Monday revealed that the soreness in his lower right hamstring was being caused by the torn meniscus.
Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons is likely to undergo season-ending surgery this week to address a torn meniscus in his right knee, sources told ESPN.com.
Sources described Parsons as distraught Monday because he was so determined to help the Mavs return to the playoffs after being limited to only one game in last season’s first-round loss to the Houston Rockets, his former team.
Tim MacMahon: The questions for Chandler Parsons are no longer about whether he can make a strong comeback from hybrid microfracture surgery on his right knee. He’s now being asked if he can keep up his recent production (averages of 23.1 points and 7.1 rebounds over the last seven games). “I hope to continue to do it consistently,” Parsons said. “That’s the plan. But this whole process has been one day at a time for me. I try not to look ahead, try not to force anything and put any more expectations. Just play basketball the way I have my whole life.”
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October 19, 2017 | 11:21 am EDT Update
In an effort to create more space on offense and to make Dwyane Wade’s transition to the starting lineup a bit more smooth, head coach Tyronn Lue moved his All-Star over one spot, swapping out long-time starter Tristan Thompson. “It’s going to be tough for fives to move around with him,” Lue said recently. “When we run pick-and-rolls, they can’t really get out and show. He’s going to have a lot of open shots and we know Kevin, he can make shots. “When we play big and Tristan goes to the 5 and he goes to the 4, we’re back to our normal positioning. We’re going to try it out and see how it works. He was frustrated at first, but now he’s enjoying it.”
October 19, 2017 | 9:59 am EDT Update
But the Cavs certainly hadn’t forgotten that he quit on them and set out on a path for greater personal accolades. Cleveland.com reported that some players were upset about the Cavs’ production of a video tribute for Irving. It was never shown, with the team saying it had a floating time slot that never presented itself. Hayward’s fractured and dislocated left tibia just 5:15 into the game may have contributed. But considering the ire it prompted, perhaps not.