Chandler Parsons knows he’s going to have season-ending right knee surgery.
But the Dallas Mavericks’ veteran small forward doesn’t have a firm date set, and doesn’t even know the exact nature of the injury.
Parsons did say, however, that to his knowledge there is no structural damage to his knee, no tears, no ACL injury, but that “some stuff’’ has to be repaired. He also said he hopes he doesn’t have to miss the start of training camp next fall because of the impending surgery.
“It’s just so frustrating right now because obviously I want to be playing with my team,” Parsons said Thursday. “The playoffs are the most fun time of the year and I was obviously looking forward to this series against Houston, and it’s all taken away from me.”
Parsons said he’ll go over some medical options next week with doctors and then go from there. In the meantime, he’s upset that he’ll be unable to continue playing in the Mavs’ first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, the team he played with the past three seasons.
“It’s devastating and I want to be out there,” Parsons said. “I’ve tried every possible thing to try and play — rehab and rest, different treatments, and nothing’s worked.”
Parsons, who signed a three-year, $46 million free-agent contract with the Mavs in July, suffered swelling and pain in his right knee during a hard fall in a March 29 game at Indiana.
But he played 37 minutes April 1 against Oklahoma City, and then missed the final six games of the regular season after aggravating the injury while playing 26 minutes April 2 against the Rockets.
Parsons played 37 minutes against the Rockets in this series opener. He hobbled to the dressing room in the first half of that game.
“I think even if I hadn’t come back in Game 1, I still would have had surgery,” Parsons said. “I was obviously champing at the bit to get back and play, but I needed surgery.
“I knew something was wrong right away, but I just wasn’t going to give up, I didn’t want to be shut down for the year. I wanted to play in the playoffs and wanted to compete for a championship. It’s the reason I came to Dallas. It’s why I’m here.”
Players talk Rondo
Rajon Rondo is still a member of the Mavericks, but coach Rick Carlisle said he didn’t think Rondo would wear a Mavs jersey again.
A day after Carlisle’s comments, the players had their first practice since Tuesday’s Game 2 loss in Houston and their first practice since the drama surrounding Rondo.
That the point guard will not be around — not even on the bench, according to Carlisle — to help the Mavs try to navigate their way to a victory over the Rockets — is a bit puzzling.
“I was a little surprised,” center Tyson Chandler said. “Couldn’t say I wasn’t surprised. “I was a little surprised. It is what it is.”
Guard Devin Harris, who is listed as probable for Game 3 on Friday night with a great left toe injury, said the Mavs can’t wonder about what might have been. Carlisle said Rondo has a bad back, and he won’t be available.
“It kind of is what it is,” Harris said. “We really can’t play too much into it. Our focus has to be winning with the guys we have.”
Parsons, who tried to play on an injured right knee that he now knows will require surgery, said he was surprised to hear the news pertaining to Rondo.
“I was all for [the Dec. 18 acquisition of Rondo] when it was talked about,” Parson said. “It really wasn’t working for both parties.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in free agency or anything like that. I enjoyed my time with him. I’ve got a good relationship with him.”
Asked if he was surprised about the abrupt ending to Rondo’s Mavs tenure, Parsons said: “His back hurts.”
After some laughter from the media, a stone-faced Parsons said: “He’s hurting, too.”
Request for fans
The Mavericks, in conjunction with We R One Clothing Company, will use WE ARE ONE as their official playoffs slogan.
Fans are urged to wear royal blue to home games during the playoffs. Each fan will receive an exclusive WE ARE ONE T-shirt in their seats at home games.
The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday. Doors open at 4 p.m. Friday and tip-off is at 6 p.m. On Sunday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. tip-off.
Dwain Price, 817-390-7760