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Oklahoman Published: March 2, 2007
Chandler needed a fresh start
Hornets 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.

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