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Chandler Parsons wrote letter to basketball after poor shooting night

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A poor shooting night left Chandler Parsons searching for answers.

During Monday’s game against the Spurs, Parsons made just one of the ten shots he attempted and finished with three points. Afterward, he pleaded with the basketball in the form of a short letter.

Parsons has been struggling mightily with his shot this season. He’s making just 34 percent overall and 26 percent from behind the three-point line. His best shooting month was November, in which he converted on 39 percent of his attempts.

The poor shooting has been just part of a frustrating season thus far for Parsons. Due to recovery from knee surgery, his season has been interrupted by DNPs. When Parsons has played, his minutes have been limited to the mid 20s. Parsons is in the first year of a four-year deal with the Grizzlies and the best is surely yet to come. Maybe this letter will be the turning point.

Chandler Parsons in funny Twitter beef with Blazers

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Chandler Parsons got into a funny Twitter spat with the Portland Trail Blazers after his opponents trolled him for throwing up an airball during Friday’s game.

Portland beat Parsons’ Grizzlies 112-109 and provided running commentary for the game on Twitter. That included mocking him for his airball, to which he later responded with a blast about Portland ending up in the draft lottery.

Blazers guard C.J. McCollum responded to that, and Parsons again hit back.

Don’t mess with Chandler Parsons on Twitter, because he is watching and he is ready to respond.

Chandler Parsons backs Russell Westbrook over All-Star Game snub

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Russell Westbrook not being named an All-Star Game starter not only left many observers baffled, but also many players.

The NBA All-Star Game starters were announced on Thursday, and Westbrook, who is a top contender for league MVP, was not a starter. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard was first among Western Conference guards in the player and media vote, but third in the fan vote behind Steph Curry and James Harden. The fan vote is the tiebreaker, which made Curry and Harden the two starters.

Chandler Parsons, a forward for the Memphis Grizzlies, openly questioned the result via Twitter:

As did Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr:

Westbrook will still make the All-Star Game, but that’s a poor job by the fans not to vote him in as a starter. He leads the NBA in scoring, is second in assists, and averaging over 10 rebounds per game. What more could you want from a player?

Chandler Parsons hanging out with Kendall Jenner again

Chandler Parsons and Kendall Jenner have been linked to one another for more than two years now, which has led to speculation that the two are dating. The Memphis Grizzlies big man has always insisted he is just friends with Jenner, but the paparazzi still has a field day when the two are spotted together.

According to TMZ, Parsons and Jenner “partied all over Hollywood” with one another this week with the Grizzlies in town to play the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night. Kendall was sitting courtside for the game and later met up with Parsons. Here’s more:

Later that night, they were both spotted at Craig’s. Chandler played it cool when asked about Kendall.

The next meet-up was at Delilah. Kendall and her BFF, Hailey Baldwin, got there first. Chandler went separately.

After that, it was on to 1 OAK — where multiple sources say they continued to hang.

And all of this just days after they were spotted at a Bentley dealership in L.A. at the same time on Monday.

When a photographer asked Parsons if he was back with Jenner, he brushed it off and asked, “Why you think that?”

Jenner was also rumored to be dating a young Lakers star about a year ago, so gossip about her and NBA players is nothing new. Considering she has been seen off and on with Parsons for several years, it’s certainly possibly the two are just friends who like to meet up from time to time.

Chandler Parsons wants healthy knees for Christmas

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Never mind about the two front teeth. All Chandler Parsons wants for Christmas is his two strong knees.

Parsons hosted a Twitter Q&A on Friday and was asked by a follower what he was hoping for during the holiday season this year.

The 28-year-old Memphis Grizzlies forward responded thusly:

It’s a valiant wish for a player who still hasn’t fully recovered from his second right knee surgery back in March. Parsons earned a four-year max deal from the Grizzlies this past summer, but he’s only made six appearances for them this season (averaging 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game) and is currently sidelined with a bone bruise in his left knee.

With the grandiose role that he’s hoping Parsons can play for the team, let’s just say that Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale probably has a similar desire for this Christmas as well.

H/T theScore

Chandler Parsons set to make Grizzlies debut on Sunday

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Chandler Parsons is finally ready to show his new club what he has to offer.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Parsons’ debut for the Memphis Grizzlies has been bumped up to Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale also confirmed the news, per Michael Wallace of ESPN.

Parsons, 28, agreed to a max deal with Memphis over the summer but has been sidelined to this point after undergoing knee surgery back in March. He averaged 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in 61 appearances for the Dallas Mavericks in 2015-16.

Fizdale has a big role in mind for the University of Florida product this season, so hopefully Parsons’ ability to stretch the floor, distribute, and play both forward positions provides the lift this aging 3-3 Grizzlies team needs.

David Fizdale wants to use Chandler Parsons the way Heat used LeBron James

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Memphis Grizzlies first-year head coach David Fizdale has some lofty expectations for new free agent acquisition Chandler Parsons.

In an interview with Tim MacMahon of ESPN on Friday, Fizdale, a longtime assistant under Erik Spoelstra in Miami, said that he envisions using Parsons the same way the Heat used LeBron James.

“When I said I want to play him like LeBron, I do,” Fizdale said. “I really do want to use him, because there’s not many guys in the league at that size that have that skill set, and there’s no reason why I should put a cap on his abilities because his name isn’t LeBron James. I just see the same skill set.

“He’s not a high flyer like LeBron obviously,” Fizdale continued. “But he can pass it, he can shoot the 3, he’s huge, he can post guys and he moves great without the basketball, so I can move him around in a lot of different spots. I do not want to put a ceiling on him. I want to see how far we can go with him and put him in a role that is positionless. … I think all it takes is a coach showing that he has the confidence in a guy to do it and develop him according to the system and then it can take place.”

Note that Fizdale isn’t quite comparing Parsons to James, a once-in-an-eternity talent whose combination of elite physical tools and unparalleled skill/basketball IQ may never be seen again. Rather, Fizdale is drawing attention to their similarities in play style as well as how to most effectively utilize said play style.

During his time in Miami, James was deployed as the primary initiator of halfcourt offense (namely, pick-and-roll/slash-and-kick sets) and used his driving ability and playmaking prowess to engineer an unyielding pace-and-space offensive machine. On defense, James was free to prowl on the perimeter rather than having to bang with opposing power forwards down low (a task that usually went to Shane Battier instead).

Something similar could be in store in Memphis this season for Parsons, a lanky 6-foot-10 combo forward who is comfortable both handling the basketball for significant periods and stroking it from deep (a 38.0 percent career three-point shooter) when needed. The Grizzlies also have enough rugged athletes on their roster to prevent Parsons’ balky knees from taking any unnecessary punishment on the defensive end.

With Fizdale already making some major changes to the Grizzlies’ modus operandi, he’ll hope that Parsons can live up to his billing as a max-contract player as well for his rookie season as a head coach to be a successful one.

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Chandler Parsons talked with Justin Timberlake as part of Grizzlies’ free agency pitch

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Chandler Parsons agreed to a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies in free agency. Perhaps a chat with Justin Timberlake helped sell him on the franchise.

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Parsons spoke with Timberlake via FaceTime during the Grizzlies’ pitch to him:

Timberlake became a limited partner of the Grizzlies in Sept. 2012. Timberlake’s involvement in free agency should come as no surprise as previous reports said he also would be a part of the franchise’s presentation to retain point guard Mike Conley.

Also note that Timberlake’s pitch to Parsons and love of the Grizzlies is not for show. Remember how he put a Twitter troll in check two years ago about his support for the Grizzlies?

Report: Chandler Parsons nearing max deal with Memphis Grizzlies

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Chandler Parsons is reportedly on his way to the Memphis Grizzlies.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, Parsons is joining Memphis on a 4 year, $94 million max deal.

Parsons gets a max deal just a year removed from major knee surgery. He came back to play 61 games and average 13.5 points per game, shooting a career best 41.4 percent from long range. It’s a risk, but clearly a risk Memphis is comfortable taking. Parsons reportedly had a max offer from Portland as well, but something about the Grizzlies must have appealed to him.

Parsons wasn’t shy about stating what he felt he deserved and why he deserved it. Credit to him, because he got it.

Blazers reportedly offer Chandler Parsons a max contract

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The Portland Trail Blazers are going all-out in an attempt to sign Chandler Parsons.

Parsons, who has ruled out returning to the Dallas Mavericks, has reportedly been offered a four-year max contract from Portland. The Blazers are said to be making Parsons their No. 1 priority this offseason, and Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports that Parsons was “really impressed” with their presentation.

The Memphis Grizzlies have also emerged as a potential suitor for Parsons, as MacMahon has heard Parsons and Mike Conley — also a free agent — have had conversations about playing with one another. While Conley has multiple teams after him, it appears a return to Memphis is the most likely scenario for him.