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Pacers expected to add former NBA player Jannero Pargo to coaching staff

Working as an assistant while playing in the BIG3, Pargo is the definition of a player-coach.

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According to Chris Hayes of Yahoo Sports, the Pacers are expected to add former NBA player Jannero Pargo to Rick Carlisle’s coaching staff.

Given that Lloyd Pierce, Ronald Nored, Mike Weinar, and Jenny Boucek were already announced as assistants in a formal press release last week, it seems as though Pargo will most likely be included among those who will be sitting second row. The 41-year-old ex-guard went undrafted out of Arkansas in 2002, but ended up bouncing around the league as a journeyman over his 11-year NBA career, spending time with the Lakers, Raptors, Bulls, Hornets, Hawks, Wizards, and Bobcats while also playing internationally for Dynamo Moscow in Russia and Olympiacos in Greece.

In October of 2017, the Chicago native was named as an assistant coach for the G-League’s Windy City Bulls, before getting his first opportunity on an NBA coaching staff with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he’s spent the last two seasons under Rick Carlisle’s former assistant Terry Stotts.

Most recently, in what perhaps should be seen as a signal of both his ability to connect with players and hop in on drills, the longtime point guard signed on to be a co-captain of the BIG3’s Triplets in March of 2019, averaging 5.6 points and two assists while once again playing in a competitive environment alongside former Arkansas teammate Joe Johnson and Al Jefferson, whose veteran leadership Kevin Pritchard has repeatedly praised.

Together, with Johnson earning MVP honors, the trio ended the 2019 season as champions after going 7-1 during the regular season.

In a continued display of what he can do on the court before joining Rick Carlisle on the sidelines, Pargo and the Triplets, including Johnson and Jefferson as well as Jamario Moon, Alan Anderson, and Sergerio Gibson, are back in action this Saturday at 1:50 PM EST on CBS in Las Vegas against the Trilogy.