Chandler needed a fresh startHornets coach Byron Scott said center Tyson Chandler needed a fresh start with a new team after five rocky seasons with the Chicago Bulls, who play host to the Hornets tonight at 7:30 inside the United Center. "From the first day that I talked to him on the phone (last summer) when I was excited about the trade,” Scott said, "you could hear the excitement in his voice that he was looking for a fresh start and looking to rejuvenate his career — which to me sounds crazy when you're 24 years old. He has probably 10 years left in this league.” Nevertheless, Scott recalled that July day as a "great day” for the Hornets. "We got a big young guy that we needed,” Scott said. "We already had our draft picks, we had Peja (Stojakovic), so that was like the last piece.” •Pargo returns, too: Reserve guard Jannero Pargo has a similar trial and tribulation story as Chandler from his days with the Bulls. Pargo played 2½ seasons in Chicago before signing with the Hornets last off-season. "When I was there, I'd go eight to 10 games without seeing the floor,” said Pargo, a Chicago native. "But now every game this year I've been on the floor getting an opportunity to play. And depending on how well I do, the longer I play. "So it's definitely refreshing going back there and letting the fans see me out there on the floor. Just to let those guys know that we're doing well even without the Bulls.” Pargo said he didn't know how many tickets he would need to tonight's game, but he said he wouldn't come close to the 500 that Chris Paul needed two weeks ago in Charlotte, N.C. •Vinicius to D-League: Rookie forward Marcus Vinicius has been sent to the Developmental League's Tulsa 66ers for the second time this season, the team announced Thursday. On Jan. 9, Vinicius was assigned to the D-League but was recalled six days later because of a strained right Achilles in his first game with the 66ers. Vinicius, the team's second-round pick in last year's draft, has averaged 1.4 points in eight games with the Hornets this season. He's spent 35 games on the inactive list and registered 13 DNP-Coach's Decisions. •We Dem Hornets: Hornets forward Desmond Mason wrote and recorded a rap song about his teammates that can be seen on www.Hornets.com and www.YouTube.com. The team played the recording over the jumbotron before Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Mason said he and forward Brandon Bass often write and share song lyrics on the team bus and plane. "I do it just to mess around and have some fun,” Mason told Hornets.com. "It turned out pretty good, though.” •Playing the East: Entering tonight's game against the Chicago Bulls, the Hornets have a 12-11 record against Eastern Conference teams. By Darnell Mayberry
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