Christmas has come early, Memphis Grizzlies fans.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports that Chandler Parsons will make his Grizzlies debut Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets.
Sources: Chandler Parsons will make his Grizzlies debut on Tuesday against the Nuggets. https://t.co/002rhWwqC6— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 4, 2016
MacMahon has been on the Grizzlies news breaking circuit ever since Parsons made his decision to come to Memphis, so safe to say that MacMahon, who covers the Dallas Mavericks in particular for ESPN as well as the NBA at large, is close with folks in the know when it comes to Chandler.
From MacMahon’s ESPN post (which you can read in full here)-
...The Grizzlies exercised extreme caution as Parsons recovered from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the knee, an operation he underwent in March, less than a year after having a more complicated hybrid microfracture procedure on the knee. Parsons didn't begin full participation in Memphis' practices until the week before the regular season began and sat out the Grizzlies' first six games.
Parsons reported no problems with the knee since he started full-speed workouts, but conditioning is a concern after such a lengthy layoff and with little practice time to work his way back into shape...
Conditioning concerns are certainly fair, and Parsons will almost certainly be on a minutes restriction upon his debut. But him on the floor at all is promising for Memphis moving forward. Tuesday also makes sense for a season debut, as the Grizzlies have three days off following their game against the Nuggets for Parsons to see how the knee feels after his first game action in months.
This is tremendous news for a Grizzlies team who sorely needs the cavalry to arrive. Memphis has played a pretty easy schedule so far and has struggled to win two games in overtime this season. They will begin to see a step up in competition on their schedule starting tonight against the L.A. Clippers. Parsons is widely seen as the player who can take the Grizzlies to the next level offensively due to his size and ability to create for himself and others on the wing.
He will surely be brought along slowly, but Parsons in Beale Street Blue for the first time will be a welcome sight for Grizzlies fans and players alike come Tuesday night.