After playing for the Bulls in the 2010-11 season — his third stint for his hometown team, though he didn’t log any actual playing time — Chicago native Jannero Pargo has an idea of how Tom Thibodeau operates, so when the Bulls head coach’s close friend, Steve Clifford got the head-coaching job in Charlotte, the Bobcats veteran guard immediately noticed some similarities.
“A lot,” the Robeson High School graduate told CSNChicago.com. “I remember the first day, it was like everything was familiar from being here with Thibs, which is a good thing. Thibs has a great blueprint and they both coached together under Van Gundy, so I think the system works and we’re proving it, and certainly the Bulls are.”
While Pargo, who re-signed with Charlotte as a free agent over the summer, is focused on his .500 Bobcats, he’s also keeping an eye on his former team, especially fellow Englewood product Derrick Rose.
“[Rose] came out slow, but the main thing is he looks great. He’s quick, fast, jumps the same way, so it’s good to see him back out there healthy and playing the game he loves to play,” Pargo said. “Whenever you have a player like Derrick, a great low-post presence like Boozer and Joakim, a guy coming off the bench like Taj Gibson, Luol’s still a great player and then with a great head coach like Thibodeau, they’re definitely contenders in the East and in this league.”