Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons has started his quest to make the cut and be part of the final 12 to represent the United States Men’s Basketball Team.
Parsons is one of 19 high-quality NBA players competing for the opportunity to represent their home country in the upcoming World Cup. He expressed to those covering Team USA his thoughts on wearing the red, white and blue:
“Man! It’s a huge honor. I get goose bumps on my arms every time I put it on and every time you see U-S-A across your chest, it means something. It’s flattering. It’s humbling. I look forward to working extremely hard this week and doing whatever I can to help this team win and to make the team.”
It’s exciting for the Mavericks organization to have the 25-year-old Parsons represent the team in an exclusive club of many of the NBA’s finest young talent. The talent pool is headlined by Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Stephen Curry (Golden State) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans).
Parsons certainly wants a crack at the final roster and chance at gold in the 2016 Olympics among other lead-up competitions. Durant, Davis and Parsons’ former teammate James Harden (Houston) all own a gold medal from the 2012 Olympics.
What will Parsons do to stand out?
“…Continue to get stronger and work on my all around game and be a mismatch when I go to the perimeter at the four and play stretch-forward. Just as tough as it is for me to guard those big guys down low, it’s tough for them to guard me on the perimeter. So I think I can present mismatches and just continue to work. I’m willing to do whatever it takes for me to help this team win.”
This summer work will be beneficial as it falls into what the Mavericks will look for in Parsons come training camp. His versatility isn’t found in just anyone and it’ll be a weapon on display this week and going forward for Team USA before the NBA season gets started in camp.
“I’m sure it will get more competitive and as the week goes on, it’s going to get more serious and more serious.”
Here’s a fantastic capture by the NBA’s Instagram account featuring Steph Curry, John Wall and Parsons finishing on the break in the very cool phantom cam effect:
Check out NBATV on Tuesday for the Behind-the-Scenes look into Team USA Men’s Basketball. It will begin at 2 p.m. CT and run for two hours.
Parsons continues to fight for a spot, backed by plenty of determination to prove his worth following his free agency signing which has him atop Dallas’ payroll. We along with a nation of Mavs fans are pushing for Parsons’ success on this journey to rock the jersey he’s so honored to wear.
Mandatory Credit: USAB.com (Quotes); Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Sports Images