Parsons said he just returned from Germany where he underwent a Regenokine program, the third time he has done so at it own expense. The program, not approved in the United States by the FDA, is described as blood spinning where anti-inflammatory proteins are drawn from a patient’s blood and re-injected into a problem joint. Kobe Bryant also underwent the procedure.
Parsons averaged 7.2 points per game in his time with the Grizzlies. However, he averaged 14 points each in three seasons with the Rockets and two seasons with the Mavericks. He has a career 3-point percentage of 37 percent, including near 40 percent in his five seasons before joining the Grizzlies.
“That really helps,” Parsons said of the treatments. “Starting to basically go full-go. I’ve been working out for a month or two. Feel good. Body feels good. Knees feel good. I’ll be ready to go.”
The Hawks made the trade for Parsons, in part, to free up a roster spot. They will have two available spots once two pending trades are complete and two rookies signed. However, Parsons also hopes to get a chance to play.
There are other benefits for Parsons. The Orlando native is now close to home. He knows head coach Lloyd Pierce and Melvin Hunt was an assistant coach in Dallas. The Hawks up-and-down style that encourages 3-pointers fits. Parsons is also the elder statesman on the Hawks roster as it currently stands. The 30-year old is two days older than the also recently acquired Evan Turner.
The Grizzlies tried to reach a buyout agreement last season and this offseason with Parsons but the talks never ultimately successful. Parsons said he heard the Hawks were interested several weeks ago but didn’t know for sure until the deal was reached.
“So excited,” Parsons said. “Just to have a fresh start with an organization like the Hawks is incredible to me. The young core that they have is really something special. I’ve seen if from afar. When you look at the depth they have and the age that these kids are, it’s impressive. Hopefully, we can keep these guys together for a long time. They have a chance. I’m excited to come and help anyway possible – lead these young guys, try to stay healthy and contribute any way I can this last year and we’ll see what happens.”