It's not that Chandler Parsons felt he needed a new look as a rising star on the Rockets. It's that the third-year small forward wanted to show solidarity with a friend of his -- 10-year-old Patrick Hobbs-DeClaire -- who has dealt with searing pain and multiple rounds of chemotherapy as a result of Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that attacks the autonomous nervous system.
Parsons, Jeremy Lin, James Harden and Dwight Howard all visited Patrick in the past year after his father reached out to Rockets CEO Tad Brown, seeking a morale boost for his son. But it was Parsons who grew the closest with Patrick.
“The kid is so strong and so brave. Here I am going to see a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail and this kid is battling for his life. How he handles it is incredible,” Parsons said.
“He is more worried about not looking like his twin brother anymore, so me being his favorite player, I decided to shave my head to look more like him and hopefully give him some support and encouragement from me,” Parsons told The Houston Chronicle.
Parsons didn't tell Patrick he was going to cut his hair, but he did tell his parents to keep an eye out for the shooter during Wednesday's Rockets-Spurs game.
“It will be a nice Christmas surprise for him. He has a lot of support out there from me and the Rockets.”