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Chandler Parsons shaves head to support 10-year-old with cancer


Basketball player Chandler Parsons #25 of the Houston Rockets speaks to journalists after the NBA Cares Special Olympics Clinic as part of the 2013 Global Games in Taipei on October 12, 2013. Asian-American NBA star Jeremy Lin’s success was hailed as a “true milestone” by the league’s boss on Saturday, as the player visited Taiwan with the Houston Rockets amid much fanfare for a pre-season game. AFP PHOTO / Mandy CHENG (Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

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Chandler Parsons had model good looks.


But the Houston Rockets forward has changed his style without concern for fashion. Instead, he’s trying to help Patrick Hobbs-DeClaire, a 10-year-old fighting cancer whom Parsons met last week.

Parson shaved his hair, and he posted a picture of his new ‘do:

Parsons, via Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle:

“His dad was telling me how he isn’t even scared of death,” 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 will unveil his new haircut on the court tonight, when the Rockets play the Spurs. With a national audience tuning into the ESPN game, many viewers won’t have an allegiance to either team.

But I suspect there will be – as there should be – a few extra Parsons fans.