The nagging right knee injury that has sidelined Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons for the rest of the season may require microfracture surgery to repair the damaged cartilage, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.
The final determination for whether or not Parsons will actually need microfracture surgery will occur when the surgeon goes in to perform the initial arthroscopic procedure. There’s a possibility that arthroscopic surgery will fix the problem, but if the damage is bad enough, microfracture surgery may be needed instead.
Parsons initially suffered the injury in late March and tried to play through it before missing the last six games of the regular season. He returned for Game 1 of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets, only to aggravate the injury in the first half. He played 37 minutes in the game anyway, but he missed Game 2 and was soon shut down for the season.
Microfracture surgery has derailed the career of some high-profile NBA players, but Parsons is trying to remain optimistic about his situation:
“I’m going to be very disciplined. I’m going to be the best at this rehab,” Parsons said Tuesday. “I’m going to get back to being even better than before.”
If microfracture surgery is required, Parsons will likely miss the start of next season. He would be expected to need four-to-six months before returning to basketball activities and then another two months before return to game action.