Jannero Pargo sits with left rib injury

October 5, 2012

(Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

The Wizards signed Jannero Pargo to help reduce the loss of John Wall, but the veteran point guard has already been forced to sit because of a left rib injury.

Pargo was held out of practice on Friday and the team scrimmage the night before after developing some soreness in his midsection while making a routine cross-court pass two days ago. The 32-year-old Pargo said he would have an X-ray later today and be further evaluated on Saturday.

“I didn’t get hit. That’s the scary part about it,” Pargo said. “I felt something pull or something. Not to sure what it is right now. Thinking maybe cartilage, like, attached to the ribs. But we’re not sure right now.”

Coach Randy Wittman used Friday’s practice as “a maintenance day for our guys” and kept them from contact drills. Pargo tried to participate in practice on Thursday but “it just kind of hurt even making a pass, running up and down the court.”

He watched A.J. Price run the white team and Jordan Crawford and Shelvin Mack ran the blue team during the scrimmage.

“It’s just tough, because I’ve been here, battling since the start of camp,” Pargo said. “It’s not something I normally do. Not something I’m accustomed to. It doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t feel right when other guys are out there working and I’m not able to.

“The training staff has helped me as much as they can to further the process along, but I think it’s something only time can heal,” he said. “Hopefully it’s not as bad as it seems.”

Pargo is engaged in a battle with Price and Mack to serve as starter at point guard while Wall recovers from a stress injury in his left knee.

Wittman has been experimenting with Crawford at point guard as well. With the Wizards lacking in scoring options, the team will have to find a way to have Crawford or Bradley Beal on the floor to provide some offensive punch. Crawford had trouble getting a team featuring Kevin Seraphin, Chris Singleton, Jan Vesely and Martell Webster into its sets. He said he is prepared to handle either backcourt position.

“I mean when coach asks me to play point I’m a play the point,” Crawford said. “It’s as simple as that, try to do it the best way I can. Just being a coach on the floor so he don’t have to get up and call all the plays. My teammates know what they in each and every time down the floor.”

Price led the white team to a 32-14 win in the first full-court scrimmage on Thursday.

“He did what he was supposed to do,” Trevor Ariza said of Price. “He did what he’s done his whole career, from my understanding, as a point guard. He’s going to demand the players to be in the right spots. He put us in the right spots and got us the ball where we needed to be effective.”

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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