Chandler Parsons accepts that he has not lived up to the max contract he was signed to by the Memphis Grizzlies in the offseason, and will shut down his social media for the rest of the season in an effort get back to his best.
After plenty of hemming and hawing from fans, experts, and everyone in between, it was Parsons himself who came out and admitted his form this season is not where it needs to be: “I suck right now,” the 28-year-old said, according to ESPN.
“There’s no sugarcoating it. It is what it is. I’m just going to continue to work, continue to grind.”
His 6.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game do not correlate with the $94 million max contract he received during the summer, and he’s decided that shutting down his social media usage in an effort to find his chi is the best way forward.
He was criticized earlier in the season for his decision to jet off for spring break when staying in Memphis and working on his game or at least laying low might have been a better option. He has also received criticism from elsewhere, and whether it’s merited or not, it has been covered in this article from our own Joe Mullinax.
He was also involved in a spat with CJ McCollum on Twitter that resulted in the NBA sending out a memo warning against “mocking and/or ridiculing opponents”. In other words, if not the source of his poor standard of play this season, social media certainly has not been helping.
As everyone else’s patience wears thin with Parsons, Coach Fizdale is working on remaining positive and focusing solely on what the 28-year-old can bring to the basketball court. Fizdale said...
I get that the fans see social media and see him in Cancun. You know what? If you looked at every other player’s social media that wasn’t at the All-Star Game, they were probably at a beach, because I was, too. I get them being frustrated with that and the fact that he’s single and has got girls that he dates and all that stuff. If I looked like that and I was single, I’d date a lot of girls, too. So get past all of that.
This guy comes to work every single day on his game, on his body, twice, sometimes three times a day. He’s a great teammate. He’s really trying his butt off to get his body functioning at a high level. That’s all I care about.
Fizdale is not the only person within the Grizzlies’ inner circle who has backed Parsons and intimated the work he puts in off the court. If that is the case, and there’s no reason to believe it’s not, then Parsons keeping a lower profile and focusing on getting the ball to go into the hoop could be the best antidote to his recent woes.