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Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has conceded that Chandler Parsons has perhaps added too much weight this off-season and it is affecting his performance.
Parsons signed a three-year deal worth $46m with the Mavericks this summer after leaving the Houston Rockets, and has focused on building on his physique this off-season.
However, Carlisle believes that he has added too much weight after reportedly weighing in at 235 pounds at training camp. In turn, the Mavs coach believes it affected his performance in Friday night’s pre-season loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Parsons had nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, six rebounds and six assists in 20 minutes but Carlisle was concerned that he showed signs of fatigue early on.
“He looked tired out there tonight to me, and his shot is short,” Carlisle said.
“He’s working on losing some weight. He’s a little bit heavier than he’s been. He’s up over 230, and we want to see him get down to at least 225. That’s a work in progress, and tonight’s one of those nights where I think the extra weight was a hindrance.”
Parsons admitted that his opinion on the matter differs with Carlisle as he made a conscious effort to bulk up in order to play minutes at power forward when Dirk Nowitzki is rested.
Nevertheless, the former Rockets star conceded that he will shed the weight to get it down to what Carlisle thinks is his optimum weight, with the Mavs coach insisting that he isn’t trying to ridicule his player in public, but is merely stating facts.
Carlisle knows that importance of Parsons this season if the Mavs want to enjoy a deep playoff run, and he will need his new recruit at his best across an 82-game season.