Jannero Pargo is a former NBA player and a professional basketball coach. In his career spanning 15 years, he has played for Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Hornets, etc. In 2017, he was appointed assistant coach for the Windy City Bulls.
Pargo was born in 1979 to Jannero Brown and Charlie May Pargo. He belongs to Chicago, Illinois. The player has an elder brother Jeremy, who also plays professional basketball. Pargo went to the Chicago's Paul Robeson High School and completed his high school from the institution in the year 1998. After this, he joined the Neosho County Community College. He has been playing basketball since his school days and represented the Neosho County Community College.
After this, he joined the University of Arkansas and represented the university in the sport. After his graduation in 2002, he decided to pursue the sport professionally. Between 2002 and 2016, he played for various teams in the NBA and also had a brief stint at the European league, having played for the Moscow and Greek teams respectively. As on 2017, he was appointed assistant coach of the Windy City Bulls.
Pargo married reality star Malaysia in 2006. They have a son by the name Jannero Pargo Jr. Malaysia Pargo was well known for her appearance in the reality TV series Basketball Wives LA. However the couples’ marriage soon got into a muddle. There were widespread rumors stating Malaysia’s infidelity as the cause of the trouble. She was reportedly having an affair with rapper Mase. The couple divorced in 2014 and soon after that Mase and Malaysia were spotted in public events. She took complete custody of their son, Jannero Jr and claimed a huge sum of money as alimony and monthly maintenance charges. Pargo was forced to pay the sum as the court ruling ended in his ex-wife’s favor
Between 2002 to 2008, Pargo played for many of the top teams of the NBA such as the Lakers, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Hornets , to name a few. His claim to fame was when he came off the bench for Chris Paul in 2008 while playing for the Hornets. During this time he also entered into European clubs namely Dynamo Moscow and Olympiacos. He was secured with a 3.8 million contract by the Russian team, Dynamo Moscow.
He played for a year after which he signed a contract with the Greek team, Olympiacos. Post his tryst with the European league, he made a comeback and signed a one year deal with the Chicago Bulls, yet again. After this, he played alternatively for the Hornets, the Bulls, Washington wizards and several other teams. The last team for which he played before being appointed coach is Oklohoma City Blues. Pargo, being a Chicago native who had played with the Bulls for four seasons in the past, in 2017, the Bulls organization were elated to welcome Pargo as an assistant coach to the Windy City Bulls alongside Josh Kreibich and Julian Terrell, who is a former NBA player as well.