DALLAS – If Richard Jefferson has an opinion on the weight issue Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has with small forward Chandler Parsons, he’s not willing to express it.
Following Friday’s 118-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Carlisle questioned Parsons’ conditioning, said he looked tired during the game, and added he was "a little bit heavier than he’s been.’’ Jefferson offered very little insight into the situation.
"Coach has an opinion and I think him and Chandler definitely talked it out,’’ Jefferson said after Sunday morning’s shootaround at American Airlines Center. "Both of them have equal sides to those arguments.’’
Parsons has been bulking up so he can be available to back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward if his services are needed. But in the game against the Thunder, Parsons was just 4-of-12 from the field – 1-of-6 from 3-point range – and finished with nine points, six rebounds and six assists.
"Chandler didn’t shoot the ball well that game,’’ Jefferson said. "He thought he did other things well like rebound and get assists – he had six rebounds and six assists – which he’s on his way to his triple-double.
"But coach wants him quicker and lighter. And that’s between him and the coach.’’