After two years of wondering if Chandler Parsons would return to the NBA, he answered that question in an Instagram post shared on January 18, 2022. Although the then-33-year-old didn’t say the injuries from the aforementioned car crash made the athlete retire from the league, that could be considered a reasonable assumption.
“I’ve had so many ups and downs and thankful for every single one of them,” Parsons wrote in part at the time. “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.” Parsons, then, would officially go down in the NBA stats book as playing 440 games, averaging 12.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, and having a little over two assists per game, as verified by NBA.com.
One of the more supportive people who responded to his Instagram message was fiancée Haylee Harrison, who sent her man some kind words. “I’m so proud of you and your journey, from start to finish,” she wrote in part on her own Instagram post. “… I know you’re going to do great things and I can’t wait for everyone to see where you go next. Now let’s go have more babies and travel the world!” In the comments section, Parsons replied alongside two heart emojis, “i love you baby. it was all for you.”