Former Arkansas star Jannero Pargo, who sits just a game away from playing in his 500th NBA contest, has worn many uniforms during his 12-year professional career.
But the 35-year old Pargo, who has played for nine NBA teams and a couple in Europe, remains fondest of the Razorback jersey he donned from 2000-2002.
He hit some huge shots, including seven 3-pointers in a game on three occasions and 168 in his two-year college career at Arkansas.
Pargo’s 42.5 percent career mark on 3-pointers is second-best in school history behind Scotty Thurman.
“When I look back and watch some of the games, I say ‘what kind of shots was I shooting,’” Pargo said. “Looking back at it now, I kind of think like a coach and know that I shot some crazy shots, but luckily I was able to make them.”
Pargo was among many former Razorbacks on hand for the Mike Anderson Foundation Golf Tournament Monday in Rogers.
“It’s a lot of fun to see some of the guys that I haven’t seen in a long time and Coach A and just to be around the program is great,” Pargo said. “The main thing is you are helping in the fight against cancer.”
The 6-2, 170-pound Pargo averaged 12.3 points as a junior and 16.6 points as a senior, when he had five games in which he scored over 30 points – two of which were his career high of 35.
He started his NBA career by signing a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and that is position where he currently finds himself after playing nine games for the Charlotte Hornets last season.
Pargo hopes to latch on one more time with an NBA club.
“I have been a free agent almost every year so its familiar territory for me,” Pargo said. “It is too early to tell right now.”
He has played for the Lakers, Toronto, Chicago, New Orleans, the first Oklahoma City team, Atlanta and Washington and was with Charlotte the last three years.
In addition he signed a one-year, $3.8 million contract with Russian team Dynamo Moscow in 2008 and played with Greek League Club Olympiacos Piraeus.
“It’s been a good life,” Pargo said. “It’s just been work ethic, attitude, being a good teammate, learning the game and teaching the game to the younger generation coming in.”
He went to the NBA combine and knows how Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls – two former Razorbacks who have declared for the draft – are feeling.
“It is an exciting time,” Pargo said. “You are getting the opportunity to fulfill your dream. I am sure right now they are just both working really hard just trying to be the best player they can be.”
He has some simple advice for the NBA hopefuls.
“Just work hard, take nothing for granted, believe in yourself," Pargo said, "and it will all work out for the best.”
Pargo's Had a Great NBA Run
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