Chandler Parsons didn’t get the NBA run he’d always hoped for. Chandler was selected in the second round by the Houston Rockets in the NBA Draft after starring at the University of Florida. A tragedy has cut his career short.

In 2019, Parsons was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. In January of the following year, Chandler was hit by a drunk driver. Parsons suffered a concussion and whiplash from the accident. It was thought the injuries could be career-ending.

That unfortunate case has now become reality. Parsons has decided to walk away from the game. The announcement came this afternoon via Instagram.

“Man, I don’t even know where to begin… It’s been a crazy last couple years and has put a lot of things in perspective. I’ve had so many ups and downs and thankful for every single one of them.

My entire life all I wanted to be was an NBA player. I didn’t even realize, 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! It wasn’t perfect, but it was a blast and I want to take a moment to thank every single person who helped me reach my dreams. My family, my friends, my aau and high school program, University of Florida, thank you for preparing me and getting me ready for the journey.

To the Rockets, Mavericks, Grizzlies and Hawks, thank you for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to live my dreams. To all the staff, trainers, doctors, coaches, teammates, agents, and most important the fans who supported me, THANK YOU. I sure will miss it, the flights, the film sessions, the games, but am so excited for the next chapter of my life. Thank you all, love. CP25″

Chandler Parsons averaged 12.7 points per game to go with 4.5 rebounds in his nine-year NBA career. The actions of another person ultimately brought his dream to an early close. Chandler Parsons is thankful for ever having the opportunity to begin with.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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