I went to Lake Howell High School and graduated in 2008. For three years, I was able to watch guys like Joey Rodriguez, Nick Calathes, and Chandler Parsons. It was so much fun to watch those guys tear it up in high school (all three graduated in 2007) and then again in college. Nick and Chandler went to Florida and Joey went to VCU.
Chandler has had the longest career in the NBA and enjoyed some success. He just hasn't enjoyed that success in Memphis.
Last year, his first with the Grizzlies, he was oft-injured and played in only 34 games. When he did play, he only averaged six points per game. Those aren't the kind of numbers you want to see from your $94.4 million investment.
So after some missed free throws in the Grizzlies home opener (and season opener), the fans rained down some boos and Parsons was not too thrilled about it.
"They can boo me, they can sarcastically cheer me, they can do whatever they want," Parsons said. "It's tasteless, man, it makes no sense. ... I don’t know them personally, so it’s just a little strange to me, but that's sports.", said Parsons.
From Lake Howell, to UF, to the NBA, Parsons has been cheered for by many but signing a large contract and not living up to expectations is going to draw ire from fans.
What he should do is use the crowd booing him as motivation to play better, but until he does play better, he shouldn't be surprised when the Memphis crowd doesn't cheer for him.