Here's what happened to Chandler Parsons and why his NBA career ended

Joshua Rogers March 3, 2022
Here's what happened to Chandler Parsons and why his NBA career ended
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The former Rockets player is on an upcoming episode of podcast All The Smoke, while his Kobe Bryant story went viral recently. Here’s what happened to Chandler Parsons and why his NBA career ended.

Chandler Parsons is a former basketball player who entered the NBA in 2011 when he was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 38th overall pick.

During his NBA career, Parsons played for the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks. He averaged 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in nine seasons, and was one of the better three-point shooters in the league.

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What happened to Chandler Parsons?

In January 2022, Chandler Parsons announced his retirement in an Instagram post. “Man, I don’t even know where to begin… It has been a crazy last couple of years and it has put a lot of things in perspective,” Parsons wrote.

“I’ve had so many ups and downs and I’m thankful for every single one of them. My entire life, all I wanted to be was an NBA player. I didn’t even realise or think what came with that, I just wanted to compete and play basketball at the highest level. I can proudly say, I did THAT!”

Parsons hasn’t played in the NBA since 2019 when he was with the Atlanta Hawks. He played in just five games that season, averaging 2.8 points in 10.8 minutes per game.

Parsons’ career was effectively ended when he was involved in a car accident in 2020. Sports Illustrated reported Parsons “suffered multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum, according to his attorneys”.

They added the “three-car crash in Atlanta was caused by a person who was charged with DUI”. 

Other injuries that hampered his career

On 5 February 2020, the Atlanta Hawks waived Parsons. Unfortunately, his career was essentially over as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. However, even before that Parsons’ career had stalled due to persistent injuries.

He was limited to just 95 regular-season games between the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons because of issues with his right knee and a torn meniscus in his left knee. He had several surgeries but was never fully able to recover and struggled for fitness even before his accident.

Parsons to appear in upcoming All The Smoke episode

Chandler Parsons is set to appear on an upcoming episode of podcast All The Smoke. The episode will air this Thursday (3 March 2022) and we’ve already been given a sneak peek.

Parsons’ incredible Kobe Bryant story – which he tells in the episode – has been doing the rounds on social media. Check it out below:

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.