Rick Carlisle moved quickly to put out the Chandler Parsons fire before it could start burning.
After Friday’s 118-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Carlisle said Parsons “looked tired out there,” and that the game was “one of those nights where I think the extra weight was a hindrance.’’
Carlisle added: “I don’t mean to call him out in public or anything, it’s just a fact. We need him to get to his right conditioning and weight level so he can play his best, because we’re going to need him to play a lot of minutes over the course of 82 games.”
Carlisle backtracked and issued an apology Sunday.
“It was unfair and inappropriate to single out Chandler Parsons after the game Friday night,” Carlisle said. “I have apologized to him and the entire team.”
Following the Mavs’ 106-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night at American Airlines Center, Parsons was more than ready to put the whole matter behind him.
“Everybody makes mistakes, and [Carlisle] came to me as a man,” Parsons said. “We have a great relationship. It’s in the past and we’re going to move forward. It’s over with.”
Parsons, who was 4-of-12 from the field with nine points, six rebounds and six assists against the Thunder, posted a picture of his abs on his Instagram on Saturday.
“I tried to make light of it and I thought it was pretty funny,” Parsons said. “[Carlisle] even texted like the picture is hilarious.”
Owner Mark Cuban described the Carlisle-Parsons affair a “non-event,” which he shared with Parsons.
“It’s kind of funny,” Cuban said. “Rick felt he had to apologize, he did and that’s it.”
In his first preseason game after returning from a right hip contusion, Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 19 first-half minutes. Charlie Villanueva scored 16 points and made 4-of-6 3-pointers for the Mavs (1-2), and Richard Jefferson added 13 points.
Parsons, meanwhile, was 4-of-10 from the field and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes. And a weekend he’s glad is finally in his rearview mirror.
“I’m not the kind of guy that needs that type of motivation,” Parsons said.
Felton out 10 days
Point guard Raymond Felton will be sidelined for 10 days after suffering a high right ankle sprain in Friday’s loss to Oklahoma City.
Felton could be back in time for the Oct. 23 preseason game in Shreveport against the New Orleans Pelicans.