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06-10-2008, 04:56 PM
Nice story on a Louisiana TV station's website (http://www.wwltv.com/sports/stories/wwl061008bhpargobro.1c806a86.html):

Younger brother of current New Orleans guard gets workout with franchise
05:26 PM CDT on Tuesday, June 10, 2008

By Bradley Handwerger / WWL-TV.com Staff Writer

Jeremy Pargo has but one goal in the next few days of his life — find out if he’s a definite first-round pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

With the deadline for underclassmen who haven’t hired an agent to pull out of the draft hitting June 16, Pargo, a junior at Gonzaga, won’t keep his name alive unless he’s one of the top 30 players this year.

If he makes a mistake, stays in the draft and doesn’t go where he wants to, his career path could change dramatically.
“I have to hear some really good news for me to completely stay in,” the younger Pargo said. “My goal is to be a first-round pick. My brother — he struggled coming out of college. He always talks to me and tells me not to go through what he went through.
Jeremy Pargo worked out for the Hornets Tuesday as his brother watched.

The problem for the Gonzaga guard is that some mock drafts have him going no earlier than the second round, while some don’t have him getting drafted at all. Many project him to be a borderline first-round pick in the 2009 draft.

But next year’s draft is much tougher to decipher. Pargo could come in and have a standout senior season and climb up the board.

He does know one thing. Going back to Spokane, Wash., where Gonzaga is located, isn’t necessarily a bad option.

“I’m going back to a top-10 team in the country,” Pargo said. “No way I can be disappointed going back into that situation.”
Is Jannero giving Jeremy any hints to prepare him for workouts and a professional future?

“He didn’t,” Pargo said. “He knows I understand what I have to do and the things that come along with it from watching him. He leads by example. He trusts me to know that I know what to do, and I trust him to give me leeway and understand that it’s basketball.”

That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t love to one day play with his brother.

“A dream come true,” Jeremy Pargo said. “As a kid growing up, you always watch your brother play high school and college. To see him play in the NBA, it’s a blessing for him. If I got the opportunity to play behind him or alongside him, that’d be great.” Lots of good sstuff in that story, especially about Jannero.

Read the rest of the story here (http://www.wwltv.com/sports/stories/wwl061008bhpargobro.1c806a86.html).

06-10-2008, 05:28 PM
Jim Meehan's Blog (http://www.spokesmanreview.com/blogs/sportslink/archive/?postID=7863) has that story linked, plus this one from nola.com (http://blog.nola.com/hornetsbeat/2008/06/former_bonnabel_star_shan_fost.html), which contained the following comment about Jannero:
Jannero Pargo attended the workout, and said he will opt out of his contract with the Hornets on July 1 to become a free agent. But he hopes to get a longer term deal to remain in New Orleans.Here's the HoopsHype salary scale for the Hornets (http://hoopshype.com/salaries/new_orleans.htm), showing Jannero with the option to stay with the Hornets for $2,000,000 through the '08-'09 season. I've only actually kind of followed the Hornets during the playoffs, but Jannero seems to have had a nice year. Good luck to him getting a deal that lets him move out of the subsistence wage bracket he's in and maybe afford to move out of Charlie Mae's basement soon. http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Junk/f_tongueincheek.gif

I wonder if JP and Jannero still shoot socks over the pipes in the ceiling in the basement like they did as kids, remembering this from the great story Bud Withers published in the Seattle-Times (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/collegesports/2004093833_pargo27.html) last fall:

Older brother plays in NBA

Make no mistake, there were lots of people involved in the growth of Jeremy Pargo. Two of them are sitting in a downtown-Chicago condo building where Jannero Pargo has a unit.

Jannero, Jeremy's older brother, is a five-year veteran NBA reserve guard for the New Orleans Hornets. Their mother, Charlie Mae, is described as a quiet but rock-solid influence in their lives.

The two Pargo boys are close, phenomenally close. They had their battles, Jannero always winning. In the basement of their house, they played "basketball," shooting socks over pipes protruding beneath the ceiling.Hey! I know I digress, but there's nothing much else going on out there in internet land.

06-10-2008, 05:36 PM
Nice finds, ZN. I think we could somehow find a way to squeak by with that salary... But it would be great to see Jeremy earning that someday. What a great story.