NBA Rumor: Chandler Parsons Injury

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Chandler Parsons on his car accident: I was bringing my girl home spaghetti and half the red in my car everywhere was marinara sauce

Chandler Parsons on his car accident that led to his retirement: It was nuts. I was leaving practice one day in Atlanta, two o’clock on a Wednesday. And I’m driving and I just see this car coming at me and just completely T-Bones me. And I had never been to a crash before. I’d never been in a fender bender or anything. It’s kind of the craziest story. I’m completely out, right? Like I’m knocked out. And I wake up… and by the time I wake up, there are already sirens. The windows were bashed in, airbag’s out, I had a cut on my wrist, I was bleeding… and I couldn’t move my neck! And I’m like, shit this is serious. And I can see the guy who hit me, he’s completely knocked out, blood everywhere. And I’m like, wow, this is scary. I’m looking at my car’s all messed up. There’s red everywhere, and I hear this voice and I’m not like a religious spiritual kind of guy like that, but I hear this voice and it’s like ‘Chandler Mr. Parsons. We’re coming to get you’re going to be okay’. And at that moment, I’m like sitting there. I’m like ‘f—, I died’. This is God, this is what happened, right? Blood everywhere. And I snapped out of it and it was the OnStar from my car. They were telling me they were coming to get me and I was bringing my girl home spaghetti. So half the red in my car everywhere was marinara sauce, but at the moment I’m tripping, I’m like, ‘oh shit!’

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Chandler Parsons: The next day I go and Atlanta is like, hey, you need to lawyer up like, once they find out who you are what you’re driving like, this guy’s gonna sue you. And I’m like, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong! What do you mean?!’ It turns out this dude, it’s his third DUI, 56 years old and it was just like completely his fault. And so I was in this lawsuit basically for two years where I was recovering from injuries: I messed my neck up, I tore my labrum, my shoulder and a super gnarly concussion. That kind of forced my hand to basically retire. And I never thought I’d do that at 31 years old, you want to go out on your own terms. But it was scary. Then the whole world closed down with COVID. And I think everything kind of happened for a reason. But it was scary.

Parsons’ attorneys, John Morgan and Nick Panagakis, say he may never fully recover from the accident … claiming he suffered a brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum. The attorneys released a statement on Monday, saying “The at-fault driver created utter chaos on the roadway, needlessly endangering the lives of countless motorists; he now stands charged with DUI, admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him, passed out after causing a three-car crash at 2:00 PM on a Wednesday in a busy intersection, seriously injuring and potentially ending Mr. Parsons’ career as a professional athlete.”


Atlanta Hawks small forward Chandler Parsons has retained Morgan & Morgan, the nation’s largest plaintiffs law firm, following a January 15 auto crash in which he suffered multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum. Parsons was traveling home from practice shortly before 2:00PM when he was struck by a driver who was arrested for drinking and driving. Mr. Parsons’ attorneys John Morgan and Nick Panagakis released the following statement: “Morgan & Morgan has been retained by Mr. Parsons to help preserve all of his rights and navigate the legal process on his behalf in the wake of this terrible automobile crash. Chandler was seriously injured in this crash, which never should have occurred.

“The at-fault driver created utter chaos on the roadway, needlessly endangering the lives of countless motorists; he now stands charged with DUI, admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him, passed out after causing a three-car crash at 2:00PM on a Wednesday in a busy intersection, seriously injuring and potentially ending Mr. Parsons’ career as a professional athlete. “Chandler is having a difficult time accepting the consequences of the defendant’s reckless conduct on the roadway. “Chandler was in peak physical condition at the time of the wreck. He is now working with a team of doctors to regain his health, and at this time, his ability to return to play is unclear. Our focus right now is on helping him make a full recovery, while we also work to hold any and all responsible parties fully accountable.”

Parsons finished up morning shootaround ahead of Saturday’s game against the Boston Celtics, the 32nd game in a row he won’t play in, and decided to speak for the first time about the off-court drama that’s preventing him from making a return. “The most confusing part for me is I’m healthy,” Parsons told The Commercial Appeal. “I’m medically cleared by the people I work with every single day, that are experts at this kind of stuff, so it’s frustrating to watch a team struggle and I’m sitting there on the bench healthy, dying to play.”

“It’s just been a very unorganized schedule and still, to this day, there’s no set plan of when I’m going to return to play or anything like that,” Parsons said before elaborating on why he’s so frustrated by the situation. “No communication. No nothing. I don’t think it’s from a basketball standpoint. It’s definitely not from a health standpoint. I’ve been cleared by the medical staff of our organization, and clearly it’s not about fitting. I already earned a starting spot out of training camp and have shown I can fit with the team. I think the confusion for me is there’s no communication about what’s going on and when I’m going to play.”

With Parsons, the terminology is a change after “knee soreness” and “back soreness” were the official reasons why he missed games through four through 31 this season. The change in wording comes as Parsons continues a robust workout regimen along with second-year wing Dillon Brooks, who is expected to return from a grade II MCL sprain by the end of the month. A Grizzlies offense that has scored more than 100 points just once in its last 10 games is in desperate need of an offensive boost.

Chandler Parsons, who addressed his status for the first time in two weeks, confirmed he had his knee checked out by specialists during the team’s recent west coast trip and results showed no structural damage. He’s spent the past several days working to reduce swelling and soreness in the right knee, which has twice been surgically repaired. “My knee is feeling much better than it has been, so we keep doing a little more and more in practice to hopefully get back into a game soon,” said Parsons, who experienced swelling after he played in a Dec. 27 road win against the Lakers. “That’s the weirdest thing (because) I don’t remember getting hit. It wasn’t like an instance where I got hit or fell or got kneed. So I just took it slow, got it checked out, checked off the boxes and nothing was wrong. So I’ll just continue to strengthen it and do all the proper steps forward.”
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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.”
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