ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell writes: “As expected, the Chicago Bulls signed guards John Lucas III and Jannero Pargo on Sunday, and both players practiced. The pair are expected to provide injury insurance and depth in practices.”
I’m sure Brian Scalabrine and Rasual Butler are relieved to know their Gatorade-and-towel handing out duties have been effectively cut in half. I’d heard a rumor that Scal’s towel-waving shoulder was starting to show signs of tendinitis. So: Whew!
Said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau: “We think they’re a great fit for us. Both are high character guys, both are shooters. And it’s insurance for us. And it also gives us an opportunity to rest some guys in practice, if we choose to do that.”
Certified NBA practice dummies. Nice.
Lucas is best known (assuming he’s remembered at all) for bricking two free throws with 12 seconds left in a one-point loss to the Nuggets back in November.
Meanwhile, Pargo is famous (read that: infamous) for shooting 34.6 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from downtown for the Bullies last season. Or, as I often put it, “slowly killing me one jump shot at at time.” His game log from last year could be accurately described as Kafkaesque.
But, hey, no big deal. Barring injury or catastrophic blowout, their contributions will include cheering from the pine and going crazy when somebody dunks or Derrick Rose hits some amazing shot.