Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons was on the Jim Rome Show Wednesday and responded to Dwight Howard's comment that the Rockets wouldn't be affected by Parsons' departure at all.

After Parsons left, former teammate Dwight Howard said his departure “won't affect us at all.” Parsons said the comment didn't bother him, but it was “ridiculous.”

“I know he didn't mean it. He's one of my closest friends,” said Parsons. “He's got to be confident with the Rockets moving forward with or without me there, so I understand where he's coming from. I think it's a ridiculous statement, but at the end of the day, he has to stick up for the Rockets and I don't think he meant it in a bad way and didn't try to bash me at all.”

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It's good that Parsons didn't take that comment personally. Howard was clearly just trying to prop up the idea that the Rockets would remain competitive. It wasn't about Parsons, it was about the Rockets.