Bobcats sign Pargo for rest of season

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comApril 4, 2013 

Veteran point guard Jannero Pargo has signed with the Charlotte Bobcats for the rest of the season. He’d like to stay here beyond this season.

“Hopefully,” Pargo said after shootaround Wednesday morning. “I know they have a second point guard in (Ramon) Sessions who is really, really good. But most teams need a third point guard if someone goes down.

“I think I’d be a pretty good third point guard, so that you don’t have such a drop-off from the second or first guard.”

Pargo averaged 9.4 points and 2.5 assists in his first 10 games as a Bobcat. Signed as an injury replacement for Sessions (knee sprain), he went through two 10-day contracts. Wednesday morning the Bobcats signed him for the remainder of the season.

The Bobcats are the sixth different NBA franchise Pargo has played for in nine seasons. He’s gained a reputation as a veteran who can quickly fit into new situations. That’s made him marketable when teams need sudden help, but it’s not the optimum career path.

“It is hard, but my attitude reflects well,” Pargo said.

“I’ve been around the league for so long I understand different systems. I know how the game is supposed to be played. But the most helpful part is guys around this team are very receptive. They welcome you with open arms. That’s a rarity, I think, in professional sports.”

Asked to expand on that, Pargo said he’s always impressed how unthreatened players are by a new teammates’ presence.

“When a new guy comes in, it does take away from somebody’s playing time. You could potentially take away somebody’s job, so it’s not an easy thing to deal with,” Pargo described.

“But guys are professional. They help each other out. I’ve seen that all around the league, whether you’re talking about a great team or a not-so-great team. Guys are very receptive.”

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