Chandler Parsons.

Chandler Parsons calls Memphis Grizzlies fans "tasteless" after receiving boos

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To say Chandler Parsons' career so far with the Memphis Grizzlies has been a disappointment would be an understatement.

Since signing for the franchise as a free agent on a four-year, $94 million contract in 2016, Parsons has rarely featured over the last 12 months due to injury.

He played just 34 games last season and it reaffirmed the surprise of many that the Grizzlies were willing to give him such a huge contract due to his health issues.

The 28-year-old spent two years with the Dallas Mavericks before joining Memphis and suffered season-ending knee injuries in both campaigns with them.

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He struggled with the same issues at the beginning of his first season with the Grizzlies and was then ruled out indefinitely after he was diagnosed with a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee in March.

The small forward has clearly had bad luck but he's back to full health now but head coach David Fizdale has decided to bring him off the bench.

Despite returning to the court, Parsons proved to be unproductive as he scored just six points in a lacklustre performance in the team's opening night win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

The Memphis faithful at FedEx Forum were less than impressed with his efforts and let him know as they peppered him with boos.

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The former Houston Rockets man was angered by the reception and hit out at the fans after the game.

“They can boo me, they can sarcastically cheer me, they can do whatever they want. … It’s tasteless, man, it makes no sense,” Parsons said, via The Commercial Appeal’s Geoff Calkins. “We’re athletes, we’re human beings. I don’t know them personally, so, it’s just a little strange to me, but that’s sports.”

His treatment was in stark contrast to the adulation former Grizzlies man Tony Allen received when he entered the game for the Pelicans after leaving the franchise in the summer.

Even with Allen's connections to the team, an opposing player getting a better reception shows that things are going south for Parsons in Tennessee.

“It is what it is, man. I’ll just go into every game with the mentality that it’s a road game, if that’s how it’s going to be,” Parsons said.

“I know how hard I worked this summer. My teammates know how hard I worked this summer. So, I’m just focused on things I can control. I’m here to play basketball and help this team out any way I can, so it is what it is.”

The Florida native can only build a positive relationship with the fans by producing on the court and must look to repay the faith shown in him by the organisation.

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