Thursday, March 6, 2008

Jannero Pargo cares not for conventional shots

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 3:00 AM

I've been wanting to do something on Hornets reserve guard Jannero Pargo since I got to know him last week filming a piece for ESPN the Magazine. That piece featured Pargo competing against center Tyson Chandler's wife to see who knew Chandler better. Pargo was funny and engaging and, without revealing too much, held his own against Mrs. Chandler. He definitely seemed blog-worthy, but I couldn't figure out an angle.So I started asking around, starting with Chandler. He started with basketball talk, calling Pargo a "spark plug" and that he brings "lots of energy to the floor.

"No, no, I said. What's Pargo like off the court?

"He's always on the move," Chandler said. "He can never sit still." All the while, Pargo was just a couple feet away warming up before Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Then, while Chandler and I were talking about Pargo's card-playing skills, the Spark Plug did this:

He wasn't finished, either.

UPDATE: Pargo netted nine more baskets last night — that counted — and scored 22 points in the Hornets' 116-101 win.

If you can't tell, that one is from farther away. He ended up making four of these circus shots, one right after a Hawks player said he didn't believe Pargo had hit the first two.

Pargo is not new to making difficult shots (NOTE: neither is Chris Paul) but don't expect him to be on court with the Harlem Globetrotters when they come in town March 15. For one, the Hornets will be traveling to Detroit to take on the Pistons the next day. Also, it seems like Pargo is content on busting out his slick moves on kids:

And yes, he totally faked me out too.

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