Chandler Parsons says boos from Grizzlies fans are ‘tasteless’
It’s safe to say the Chandler Parsons’ experience for the Memphis Grizzlies has not worked out up to this point. After undergoing numerous injury setbacks as well as being underwhelming when healthy last campaign, the relationship between Parsons and the Grizzlies faithful is borderline catastrophic.
Parsons took to the floor for the Grizzlies’ home opener against the New Orleans Pelicans who own the best front court in the NBA in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. It was a challenging assignment for the first game of the season, but the Grizzlies got the job done in overcoming the talented big men, taking the victory 103-91 on the evening.
You’d think that this would lighten up the mood in the building, but it was anything but that as Parsons felt the full wrath of the home fans. He was uninspiring yet again with just six points in in 15 minutes in a lackluster effort, and the relationship between the forward and the fans reached an all-time low as the home crowd booed him on and off the floor.
As expected, it didn’t sit well with Parsons, who spoke out post-game to Geoff Calkins of The Commercial Appeal.
“It’s tasteless, I’ll treat home games like road games if that’s the way it’s going to be.”
Grizzlies fans may still have some lingering frustration as Parsons signed a max contract in the summer of 2016 and has since gone from underperforming starter to struggling role player who is still eating up a lot of the money within the organization. The franchise was on the brink of realistically contending in the strong Western Conference, but have since fallen a couple of notches below the elite in the West. Parsons has been there the whole time, and in truth, hasn’t helped the cause.
During his time in Memphis as a starter, he averaged just 6.2 points per game on 33.8 percent shooting, a shadow of the production everyone was used to seeing just a couple of seasons ago. Injuries have played a part, but it seems that both Parsons and the fans have definitely had enough of each other, something will have to be done sooner rather than later if the current situation continues.