HOUSTON – Ladies love his looks. His game had fans, too.
“I feel that we really, really needed Chandler Parsons. I really like him a lot,” Tin Au, a fan, said.
Last summer, Parsons helped the Houston Rockets reel in star center Dwight Howard. Legacy banners went up immediately.
Teamed with James Harden and others, they won 54 games, but an early exit in the first round of the NBA playoffs brought change.
Forward/center Omer Asik was traded as well as guard Jeremy Lin.
Then, dreams of signing a big name free agent like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh fizzled.
Now, it’s Parsons. He signed a big money deal worth $45 million over three years with the Dallas Mavericks – an offer the Rockets won’t match.
“I am worried right now. It seems like we’re declining,” Au said.
“I think Asik wanted to be off the team, so that’s good. I like Jeremy Lin, but he was expensive. So, that clears cap space to get another superstar, but I’ll miss Chandler,” Andrew Golden, another fan, said.
“But he’s still in Texas. I’m glad he got a paycheck, so that’s good,” Justin Tyler, another fan, added.
In his place, the Rockets signed a familiar face in forward Trevor Ariza, but that move has skeptics. Ariza played for the team during the 2009-2010 season.
“I’m hoping he will deliver ‘cause the first time he was with us, he didn’t do so well. That’s just my opinion,” Au said.
“We just have to see how the chemistry is. It’s just going to be different, but definitely excited about next year. I think we have a good chance.” Golden said.
It’s not clear what other pieces Rockets management will add, but fans see five reasons for hope.
“James Harden, Dwight Howard, (general manager) Darryl Morey, (owner) Les Alexander, Rockets fan base. We’re here.” Tyler said.