Ex-NBA Player Stephen Jackson Is Ruthlessly Roasting Chandler Parsons Over Grizzles’ Coach Firing

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Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale was fired on Monday, leaving a 7-12 team behind in the midst of an eight-game losing streak. Fizdale began his head coaching tenure with Memphis last year, in which he led the team to a 43-39 record and lost tot he Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. He was 50-51 during his tenure on Memphis’ sidelines.

Fizdale’s fate can be tied directly to the fate of Chandler Parsons, who signed  a four-year, $94 million contract with the team two summers ago but has played just 51 games (out of 100+) due to chronic knee issues. Parsons came over from Dallas, where he posted stats of 15 ppg and 5 rpg. In his 51 games with Memphis, his stats have halved: 7 ppg and 2.5 rpg. That’s what three knee surgeries will do to you I guess.

Despite being sidelined for half of his career with Memphis thus far, Parsons is still partying like he’s in the MVP race. He’s been getting in his workouts in the bedroom as well–tied to a sizzling hot lineup that includes, but isn’t limited to,  Toni GarrnHailey BaldwinFelicia SandersPaige SpiranacKate BeckinsaleKendall JennerBella ThorneSavannah ChrisleyJen SelterErin FosterAbigail RatchfordArianny Celeste.

The 29-year-old Parsons is making headlines, albeit off the court, which may be the reason why he was booed by his home crowd on opening night.

Well, Parsons has earned himself another enemy. Stephen Jackson, who played 14 seasons in the NBA and won a championship with the Spurs, put Fizdale’s firing squarely on the shoulders of Chandler Parsons. Jackson, now an ESPN analyst, didn’t hold his feelings back on Instagram.

Jackson then posted a video telling the camera, “That was a fixed fight, man. You can’t expect a coach to win with guys that don’t even care about the game. You get rid of Zach (Randolph), you get rid of Tony Allen. … When you trade players like that, you lose the heart of the team. … You got players making $100 million (and) average nine points.”

Parsons responded to Jackson’s Instagram post, and Jackson took it even further by posting their back-and-forth in the comment section.

Bad blood is an understatement.

[h/t USA Today]

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