With the recent news of Parsons, Matthews, and McGee not being cleared for the start of training camp, Mavs fans are starting to get a little edgy about the hope that everyone could be healthy come opening night. Parsons and Matthews have both been very adamant about being ready and healthy opening night against Phoenix.
Even though we are not all doctors, the news of the specifics of the surgery makes you have somewhat of a grimace on your face. The following is an excerpt from the ESPN article,
"Sources told ESPN.com that the operation, which was performed by team physician T.O. Souryal, included a bone marrow transplant from Parsons’ right hip to help regenerate the cartilage damage from late last season that caused him to miss all but one game of the playoffs.The location of the cartilage damage was in the “best possible spot,” a source said, because it is in a non-weight-bearing area of the knee. That was the primary reason that a traditional microfracture surgery, which would require a longer recovery period, was not necessary. -Tim MacMahon"
So the last sentence means it’s all good news right? It seems that the Mavericks could have dodged a bigger bullet by the damage to the cartilage being in a good spot. Even though this recovery time is shorter than what could have been, we still hope that we can see a healthy Parsons at some point in the preseason.
With Parsons arguably becoming the new face of the Mavericks, a major portion of the success for the season rests on his shoulders. Get healthy Chandler!