Jannero Pargo is an American professional assistant coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also played in the NBA as a point guard and shooting guard. Teams he has played for include the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and more.
Since his retirement as a player, he started coaching. Teams he has coached for include the Windy City Bulls. As of 2021, he is an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers.
Personal Life and Bio
Pargo was born on October 22, 1979, in Chicago, Illinois. He is a right-handed player and he stands 6 feet 11 inches tall or 1.85 meters. His weight is listed at 175 pounds or 79 kilograms. He has work jersey numbers 12, 2, 15, 7, and 5.
He is the brother of fellow professional basketball player Jeremy Pargo. Jeremy plays in the Israeli Premier League. Jannero is divorced and once lived with his ex-wife, Malaysia, in Riverwoods, Illinois.
High School and College Career
Pargo attended the Paul Roberson High School in Chicago. He then went on to study at the Neosho County Community College before eventually transferring to the University of Arkansas where he played for the Razorbacks basketball team. While in college, he was known for his three-pointers. He attended Arkansas from 2000 to 2002.
First Time with the NBA
He declared for the NBA in 2002 but went undrafted during the 2002 NBA Draft. He would later be signed on by the Los Angeles Lakers and he would be with them from 2002 to 2004. He made his debut on the NBA court on October 29, 2002.
After his time with the Lakers and during the next four years, he would play for the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets, and the Toronto Raptors.
The Greek and Russian League
In 2008, Pargo was offered a $3.8 million contract by Dynamo Moscow in the Russian League. He would later also play for the Olympiacos of the Greek League. While he was in the EuroLeague, he only averaged 3.5 points per game.
NBA Once More
When he was released from his contract with the EuroLeague teams, Pargo went back to the NBA and signed and played for the NBA team including the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and the Washington Wizards.
Towards the end of his playing career, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets and with the NBA G-League team, the Oklahoma City Blue.
Assistant Coach Pargo
After he was released from his contract with Blue, Pargo took on the role of assistant coach for another G-League Team, the Windy City Bulls. He would also go on to coach for the Portland Trail Blazers.
As of 2021, Pargo is an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers.