Jannero Pargo wasn't at practice on Thursday. The backup guard continues to be bothered by a back/hip problem and the team is hoping to find out precisely what the issue is. It was believed the problem was related to a hernia surgery in the summer.
"It's been bothering him since the beginning," coach Vinny Del Negro said of Pargo. "He's in Philadelphia seeing a specialist and trying to figure out exactly what it is so we can do the correct therapy."
Pargo has played in 15 games off the bench and is averaging five points on 38 percent shooting. But regardless of his numbers, he just hasn't been the same explosive scorer everyone remembers from his first stint with the Bulls.
"He's been fighting through it because of the lack of bodies we have - and I appreciate that - but we need to get him healthy and feeling better when he gets out there," Del Negro said. "When he starts to run, it just locks up on him. If we can find a way to help that, he'll feel better and he'll be more productive."
Pargo was scheduled to meet the team in Cleveland, but whether he is able to play against the Cavaliers Friday night depends on the diagnosis he will receive in Philadelphia.