Chandler Parsons was moving around on crutches Thursday afternoon during an NBA Cares event at Bayles Elementary School in East Dallas when a reporter asked the Dallas Mavericks small forward if the surgery he underwent on his right knee on May 1 was indeed the dreaded microfracture surgery.
Parsons paused, then said: "I don’t think they want me to answer if it was or not. I would love to tell you guys.’’
Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrew Bogut, Chris Webber, Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin and Greg Oden are just some of the current and former NBA players who underwent microfracture surgery, which is an articular cartilage repair surgical technique that works by creating tiny fractures in the underlying bone.
Parsons originally suffered the injury during a hard fall in a March 29 road game against the Indiana Pacers. But he continued to play through the pain – and some swelling – until it became so unbearable that he had to sit out the final six regular season games.
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The injury also forced Parsons to miss the last four games of the Mavs’ five-game playoff series loss to the Houston Rockets.
For now, Parsons is going through the rehab process in hopes that he’ll be back in the fall in time for the opening day of training camp.
"Though it’s not how I figured I’d spend my summer, but I think it’ll be good,’’ Parsons said. "I’m working on things that I would never be able to work on before.
"I’m spending more time in the weight room than I’ve ever had before, so I think I’ll be back better than ever.’’