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Rose right at home with ‘good guy’ Pargo back


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Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Bulls guard Derrick Rose welcomed the return of former Robeson star Jannero Pargo as injury insurance.

‘‘He’s from my same area,’’ said Rose, who starred at Simeon. ‘‘I remember seeing him play in college and in the NBA. That’s one of the players I look up to. He made it. That’s something I was trying to do.’’

Pargo, 31, has appeared in 19 games with the Bulls in three previous tours and has played in 64 NBA games since debuting with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002-03.

‘‘I’m happy he’s back on the team,’’ Rose said. ‘‘He’s a good guy, and he has a good spirit. It’s good for us.’’

Pargo is equally excited about the season Rose is having as a second-time All-Star and strong MVP candidate.

‘‘He’s a Chicago guy,’’ Pargo said. ‘‘We’re all like a family, the guys that played in the NBA that are from Chicago. We always keep up with each other. I’m definitely happy for the year he’s having. It’s incredible.’’

Back to Atlanta

The Bulls travel to Atlanta tonight for the rubber match of their season series. After blowing a 19-point lead in an 83-80 loss at Atlanta on March 2, the Bulls won 94-76 at the United Center on March 11.

This will be the 19th of 23 times the Bulls play back-to-back games this season, tied for the most in the NBA. They are 13-5 in the second games of back-to-backs after losing in overtime Friday at Indiana.

‘‘I didn’t like the way we played the last one, but for the most part we’ve done a good job,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘That’s where our depth comes into play. Our bench has given us a big lift. On Friday night, we were in a big hole, and our bench came in and got us out of a hole.

‘‘The big thing is, in those situations, you have to be ready to play. You have to put a lot into the game.’’

Playoff tickets

Tickets for the first two rounds of the playoffs will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday at, 1-800-4NBA-TIX, the United Center and Ticketmaster.

Tickets will be sold for the eight possible home games, four in each round. Sales will be limited to four tickets per game. Dates, times and opponents are to be determined. Refunds for any unplayed home games will be provided through the place of purchase.

Quote a Bull

‘‘I didn’t even know that was coming. My aunt texted me. Something about, ‘You have one more to go.’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ ’’ — guard Kyle Korver, on making his 1,000th career three-pointer Friday against the Pacers. Korver is the 62nd NBA player to reach that milestone; 26 are active.

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