Dirk Nowitzki insists his praise for Harrison Barnes was not a jab at Chandler Parsons

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Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons always had a fun relationship during their time at the Dallas Mavericks together.

Usually, it would consist of the two taking playful jabs at each other at every opportunity.

However, when the legendary German forward praised new small forward Harrison Barnes last week, Nowitzki insisted it was not a thinly veiled shot at the recently departed Parsons, who has moved on to the Memphis Grizzlies.

"There's been tons of guys that told me that they were gym rats and I've never seen them in the gym at nights, but this guy is constantly in here, mornings and nights," Nowitzki said of Barnes at media day, echoing what he said last week. "He wants to be great."

Nowitzki was surprised to hear that the media had taken his comments about Barnes as a dig at Parsons, but provided one last shot.

"He knew he wasn't a gym rat. He never said he was!" Nowitzki joked to ESPN on Friday, laughing as he jogged up the stairs from the Mavs' practice court.

Parsons texted a reply to ESPN once he was informed about the former MVP's comments and said: "Dirk is getting pretty old, so he was probably asleep when I was in the gym."

Some banter never dies.

Chandler Parsons
Dallas Mavericks
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Dirk Nowitzki
Memphis Grizzlies

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