Dallas Mavericks Rumors
There is no question about how the man who pays their salaries feels about the matter. Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who locked up Carlisle to a five-year contract extension that Parsons lobbied for this fall, makes it clear that he plans to build around Parsons for the foreseeable future.
“What I see 100 percent is we’re going to keep those guys together for a long, long time,” Cuban told ESPN.com this week. “When they’re both 100 percent and have all their explosiveness, that’s a crushing tandem on the wing and we’ll fill in around them.”
Most of it is basketball-based, as Parsons often shoots and watches film with Carlisle in one-on-one sessions. But they also socialize some, having attended concerts together and shared many meals, occasionally with Carlisle’s wife and daughter and Parsons’ parents and/or longtime best friend/personal assistant, Pausha Haghighi. They’ve also played late-night ping pong on the table in the Mavs’ locker room. (Parsons and Carlisle both swear they won the three-game set, and Carlisle complains that “my table tennis brethren would be disappointed with his [illegal] serve.”)