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Thursday December 26, 2013 Chandler Parsons honors his 10-year-old hero

Chandler GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Chances are you missed it. Christmas and time with family has a way of taking away from sports.

ESPN gave the story its due with several mentions during Wednesday’s NBA telecast and made follow-up mentions during Thursday’s wrap of Christmas games around the league. And the fact Houston forward Chandler Parsons scored 21 points, went 5-for-9 from 3-point range, grabbed six rebounds and dished six assists in the Rockets’ 111-98 win at San Antonio was a sidebar at best.

What the former Gators star did for a young cancer patient in Houston was heroic at worst.

You may have seen some mentions of Parsons and a contract he got to model underwear -- with Ashley Sky, no less -- these days. Good deal, if you can get it. But check out this story from profiling Parsons and his relationship with 10-year-old Patrick Hobbs-DeClaire, who he met last week. Patrick suffers from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a cancer that attacks the autonomic nervous system.

“The kid is so strong and so brave,” Parsons told “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.”

Before the Christmas night, Parsons honored the boy by shaving his head. He didn't tell Patrick. Instead, he told his parents to have the boy watch the game.

And then he played great for the kid.

Great story.

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