Pargo picked Wizards over Bulls

Pargo picked Wizards over Bulls
October 1, 2012, 9:08 pm
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Though NBA teams are in the midst of opening their respective training camps with the regular season less than a month from tipping off, as of this past weekend Jannero Pargo had no gig. That's not the same as saying he had no options. The Chicago Bulls let the eight-year veteran and Windy City denizen know they had interest. Pargo, who spent part of four previous campaigns with the Bulls, pondered the been there done that situation. Rather than jump back into a familiar scene, he waited for something else.Then news of John Wall's injury came out. Then the Wizards came calling over the weekend. By Sunday night, the 33-year-old was in town. On Monday, the whirlwind scenario had the 6-foot-1 guard in a numberless Wizards jersey answering questions from the media about how it all came down."I think once (the Wizards) found out about the injury to John, they needed a veteran point guard to come in and try to help this team win games until he gets back - and hopefully be part of the rotation when he does," said Pargo, who played 55 games for the Hawks last season, including five during the playoffs.No doubt, there is intrigue about the upcoming Plan B battle between Pargo, A.J. Price and Shelvin Mack for those hefty point guard minutes made available by Wall's stress fracture - and who emerges as the primary backup in two months when Wall is expected back.
But hold on a second. Jannero, you picked the Wizards over the Eastern Conference contending Bulls? Explain yourself."Chicago was always there, they wanted me," said Pargo, who termed the last 24 decision-making hours "crazy." In the end, he became the sixth newest Wizard since the end of last season."But when this opportunity presented itself, I thought this was a better opportunity and the Bulls understood."Yeah, we need further clarification. The Wizards haven't tasted postseason since the 2007-08 season. The Bulls, even without the injured Derrick Rose, figure to be a lock for those extra games. So, why Washington over Chicago?"That's a good question," the pondering Pargo said. "I've been in Chicago on a number of different occasions. I didn't really quite get the opportunities that I wanted. I think this situation here, I think they're going in the right direction. Getting some different guys in here, Ariza, Nene, guys that know what it takes to win. I think they're going to rebuild and be a lot better than they were last year and I wanted to be a part of that."Fair enough, though potential playing time likely factored heavily into the equation. The Bulls have combination of established types like Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson plus first round pick Marquis Teague ready to fill in for their injured point guard. Before Monday, the Wizards options for the next two months without Wall included Price, who saw his minutes cut during three seasons with the Pacers, and Mack, who remains a work in progress when it comes to running an offense.Now Pargo is onboard. Beyond his experience - Pargo's eight seasons in the league is two more than Price, Mack, Jordan Crawford and rookie Bradley Beal combined - the ex Bull, Laker, Raptor and Hawk also brings a consistent 3-point touch to a team in need of perimeter help."I believe we're going to be a team that plays inside-out. We have a lot of good guys that can score inside, Nene, Kevin," said Pargo, showing his knowledge of the Wizards situation despite being able to gauge how many minutes he's been on the roster simply by counting his fingers and toes. "When those guys draw double teams, we have to knockdown jump shots. I think myself, Jordan and Bradley should be able to do a good job of that," said Pargo, who sank 38.4 percent of his 3-point attempts last season in Atlanta."Thats also another veteran point guard. Somebody that can knock down the three point shot. Can run a team," said Wall, who learned of the signing during his media day questioning. "Its great to add him before training camp started. Going to be excited for me to see those guys battle it out."Indeed andone of several interesting position battles entering training camp, which kicks off Tuesday at George Mason. As for what happens down the line?"When John gets back and he's healthy, he's going to play 38, 40 minutes per game," Pargo said. "If I can provide something off the bench, 8, 10 minutes, I'll be happy to contribute anyway I can."IfPargo can make three's and prove a steady hand with the second unit, his contribution could be greater than expected. Oh, don't worry about his uniform number. He's got one picked out."I'm going to go with number 7...I was seven last year, thought I played pretty good. Think it worked for me so I'll stick with it." And as one of the media members noted, it's now available.