Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons has had an interesting past few days. On Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the third-year player landed awkwardly after a dunk attempt after being fouled by Wolves forward Corey Brewer, injuring his wrist and hip in the process. (Brewer was assessed a flagrant foul.)
He missed Saturday's win over the New Orleans Pelicans, but he was hoping to get back on the court for Monday's home game against the San Antonio Spurs. While he made it to Toyota Center well before the game, his trip was not without incident, per the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen:
Parsons, who is shooting now to see if he can go, was in car accident outside TC. Woman ran red light, hit his SUV, asked for autograph.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 14, 2014
Perhaps the woman in question is a hardcore Rockets fan, the kind of person who would have asked Donatas Motiejunas. But there's no denying that Parsons carries a particular appeal to members of the opposite sex. He moonlights as a male model, as you can see from this, the ad campaign with Buffalo Jeans that he introduced via his official Twitter account in December:
The good news for Rockets fans is that Parsons was not injured further in the accident. The club can ill afford any more injuries. While reserve forward Francisco Garcia also sat out Saturday's game with back troubles, Houston's roster was bolstered by the return of center Dwight Howard and point guard Patrick Beverley.
It was previously thought that Beverley would be lost for the season because of a meniscus tear suffered on March 27, but he is back after missing just eight games. Howard also missed eight games after having a cyst removed from his ankle.
Prior to Monday's game, Parsons looked set to take the court, per Feigen:
Parsons looks good to go. Still sore from fall in Minneapolis.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 14, 2014
One may have thought the Rockets would play it safe with their injured forward with the playoffs looming, but Monday's 104-98 win proved otherwise. Parsons played over 39 minutes and scored 21 points, both game highs. That win put them in the driver's seat for home-court advantage against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs.
Clearly, the Rockets need to keep Chandler Parsons on the court. Perhaps he needs a police escort to get to and from games.