The Bulls organization officially welcomed back Jannero Pargo on Friday.
The Chicago native and former Bulls guard, who played with the team for parts of four seasons, was announced as a new assistant coach with the Windy City Bulls, the Bulls' G League affiliate, joining Josh Kreibich and Julian Terrell on new head coach Charlie Henry's staff.
Pargo averaged 13.5 points per game during the 2003-04 season and averaged 10.4 points per game during the Bulls' 2005 playoff series with the Washington Wizards.
Most notably, Pargo featured prominently in Game 4 of that series, helping to erase a 10-point deficit in the game's final minute with a trio of 3-pointers. The Bulls went on to lose the game on a Gilbert Arenas buzzer-beater seconds after Pargo tied the score at 110.
“We are very excited to add Jannero and Julian to our coaching staff as well as elevate Josh to an assistant,” Henry said in the announcement. “Jannero and Julian both bring a wealth of playing experience at the collegiate, NBA, G League and international levels that will be a tremendous asset to both our player development and game-planning this season. Josh’s experience in our inaugural season and his tireless work ethic will be invaluable in the growth of our team moving forward.”
Try telling Antonio Blakeney that Summer League doesn't matter.
The guard's strong play in Las Vegas over the last week earned him a Two-Way contract with the Bulls, meaning he can play for both the G League's Windy City Bulls and in the NBA.
Blakeney, 20, has appeared in four Summer League games, averaging 16.8 points, five rebounds and just under one steal per contest. It's pretty safe to say that he's been one of the squad's few bright spots in Sin City. While fellow guard Denzel Valentine has struggled to find his shooting rhythm, connecting on under 30 percent from the field this summer, Blakeney has shot 43.8 percent.
He didn't come out of nowhere, though. Blakeney had tons of hype out of Oak Ridge High School in Florida and was selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game before taking his talents to LSU, where joining forced with 2016 No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons. That experiment didn't quite work out for Blakeney, who failed to reach the NCAA Tournament in both seasons and went undrafted in 2017.
For the Bulls, it's a chance to take a flyer on a young, athletic guard who proved he can shoot in college.
It also gives fans more chances to catch his absolutely nasty dunks, whether it's in Hoffman Estates or at the United Center.
That's just ridiculous.
Ever wonder what the daily routine is for guys grinding to get to the NBA?
CSN Chicago's Scott Changnon, Ryan McGuffey and Pat Gostele followed Windy City Bulls players Will Bynum and Alfonzo McKinnie to find out.
Although the two play on the same team, Bynum and McKinnie are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Bynum, a former point guard for the Detroit Pistons, is looking for one last taste in the association. McKinnie, on the other hand, is an upstart Chicago native who needed to prove himself through a D-League tryout.
Both have found success in Hoffman Estates, though. Bynum is leading his younger teammates by teaching them how to achieve success, while putting up a respectable 14 points and 6.5 assists per game. McKinnie, a Wisconsin Green-Bay product, has went from a questionable roster spot to starting, averaging 14.8 points on 51 percent shooting.
Watch the video above as both Bynum and McKinnie provide great insight into a day in the life of an NBA D-Leaguer.