Welcome to the Grindhouse!

Tentative. That’s the only word I could use to summarize how I felt when I heard that Chandler Parsons had agreed to a 4-year, $94 million dollar deal to play for the Memphis Grizzlies.

On Friday, July 8th, at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the FedEx Forum, all of that changed.

By: Jaryn Maxwell Hogan

Chris Wallace and Parsons sat down in a public presser, MC’d by Rob Fischer, and described what they were looking to accomplish as the public welcomed the newest Grizzly to the Grindhouse. The introduction was loud and glorious. Wallace, the Grizz General Manager, boasted to those in attendance by letting them know that this is our shooter. The promise fulfilled. The first big name free agent to ever come to Memphis, and based on those in attendance, we couldn’t be more happy to see him. Parsons was excited to be in Memphis, and he talked about his decision to come here by saying, “When I heard Memphis was interested, I was interested.” Parsons said he didn’t even let the Grizz who pitched him the deal leave his house before he agreed. He was all in. Then he proceeded to talk about the city and mentioned our beloved Grit and Grind. Parsons put it eloquently, “..that’s just something I automatically wanted to be a part of”, and I can’t fault him for that.

Chandler referenced the city’s energy for basketball and talked a little more about coming to Memphis by laughing and saying, “I couldn’t stand coming here to play with you guys cheering against me, so like he [Rob Fischer] said I had to join ‘em.” He’s a trendsetter for Memphis, at least, that’s what we hope. Due to Parson’s decision to come to Memphis, we may have more traction in the future to build a superpower in the Western Conference with regards to negotiating on other big name free agents. Parsons is going to have tons of opportunity to capitalize on the catch-and-shoot three ball, courtesy of Mike Conley’s unselfish play style. He’s a starting point to a bright, bright future for Memphis Grizzlies basketball. We’ve wanted it, and we got it. He’s our pretty-boy, stylish, ratchet crankin’ shooter. Welcome to Bluff City Chandler.

Parsons is a 6’10” Small/Power Forward and played for the Dallas Mavericks last season and averaged 13.7 PPG, 2.8 APG, and 4.7 RPG. He’s going into his 6th year in the NBA.

- MEET INTERN JARYN -

Hi! My name is Jaryn Maxwell Hogan, and I’m a 16 year old Junior that attends Millington Central High School. I have a passion for sports and would love to make sports journalism/broadcasting my career. I’m currently enrolled in all AP/Honors courses at my school and participate on Millington’s Knowledge Bowl competition team. I love to bike and run, and play my fair share of video games. I take any opportunity I get to go to my local basketball courts and play for hours on end. I love to read and constantly look to learn. I’m just a standard, ambitious 16 year old. I hope you enjoy my commentary and leave some feedback!

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