Chandler Parsons is worrying me. I get what he’s trying to do but if his coach says he’s heavy. Then you should keep quiet and do something about it.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas has accounted the butting of heads between Chandler Parsons and Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle who talked about Parsons after their preseason loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“He looked tired out there tonight to me, and his shot is short,” Carlisle said. “He’s working on losing some weight. He’s a little bit heavier than he’s been. He’s up over 230, and we want to see him get down to at least 225. That’s a work in progress, and tonight’s one of those nights where I think the extra weight was a hindrance.“
If his shot is short. What can Chandler Parsons actually do? Seriously. He doesn’t have the body to post up, he isn’t the greatest cutter ever. What does he have other than his shot?
Chandler later dismisses the comments made by his coach.
“His opinion of heavy is different than mine,” said Parsons, who was 1-of-6 from 3-point range against the Thunder. “We kind of go at it every day about it. At the end of the day, I respect his opinion. After training camp, my weight fluctuates. I’ll get it down.”
Asked about Parsons’ weight gain on the first day of camp, Carlisle dryly remarked, “One man’s bulking up is another man’s not quite in shape yet.”
“An increase of 18 to 20 pounds is just too much,” Carlisle said. “We talked about it today. We talk about it a lot. He’ll get there. He’ll get there, but he looked tired out there and a little heavy-legged, and the extra 7 or 8 pounds aren’t helping.
“I don’t mean to call him out in public or ridicule him, but it’s just a fact. He’s an important guy for us. We just need him to get to his right conditioning and weight level so he can play his best, because we’re going to need him to play a lot of minutes over the course of 82 games.“
At this point Carlisle is calling him out.
This should not be a story. He has no reason to have extra pounds. It clearly doesn’t have a positive effect on him.
What I’m confused about is Parsons stubbornness. Why are you battling your coach? He’s watching you train, he watches you in games. You can’t scout yourself. He’s giving you an assessment on your play and your shrugging your shoulders at it. It’s not on Chandler.
Dallas are a darkhorse in many people’s eyes and it’s completely justified. They gave San Antonio a scare last season and they can do it again. Chandler Parsons. You are not helping the cause. Take the hint and drop the extra pounds you think you need.