Heartthrob Parsons off crutches, on pace for season opener

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For gossip website TMZ, the news was who Chandler Parsons was strolling down the New York City street with: German supermodel Toni Garrn.

For Dallas Mavericks fans, the news is that Parsons was strolling down the street (and stopping for the occasional smooch) without the aid of crutches.

Parsons, who underwent a complicated arthroscopic procedure to repair cartilage damage in his left knee on May 1, used crutches during a public appearance a couple of weeks ago. At the time, he declined to discuss specifics about his operation, mentioning that he didn’t think the Mavs wanted him to.

Parsons and the Mavs have also publicly avoided setting a firm timetable to his return to basketball activities. However, sources from the team and Parsons' camp have expressed strong confidence that his recovery will not cause the Mavs small forward to miss any time next season.

Maybe that's why Parsons had such a big smile in the TMZ photo of him holding hands with Leonard DiCaprio's ex-girlfriend.