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The Grizzlies signed Chandler Parsons to a 4-year, $95 million deal this offseason and they have high hopes for the 27-year-old. Rookie head coach David Fizdale who was an assistant coach with Heat during LeBron James tenure in Miami is very excited about Parson’s potential and believes he can become a big-time star in the league.
But, when he told ESPN that Parsons has the same skill-set as James it had a lot of people scratching their heads. Fizdale pretty much saw peak LeBron every single day, so he knows exactly what the four-time MVP is capable of. It’ll be interesting to see if the 27-year-old can make that big leap as a player this season.
“When I said I want to play him like LeBron, I do,” Fizdale said. “I really do want to use him, because there’s not many guys in the League at that size that have that skill set, and there’s no reason why I should put a cap on his abilities because his name isn’t LeBron James. I just see the same skill set.
“He’s not a high flyer like LeBron obviously, but he can pass it, he can shoot the 3, he’s huge, he can post guys and he moves great without the basketball, so I can move him around in a lot of different spots. I do not want to put a ceiling on him. I want to see how far we can go with him and put him in a role that is positionless. … I think all it takes is a coach showing that he has the confidence in a guy to do it and develop him according to the system and then it can take place.”