The Washington Wizards begin the unofficial second half of their season in Charlotte when they take on the Hornets Friday night.

For Jabari Parker, it’s somewhat of a homecoming as he gets set to step on the floor in the state where he played his college basketball.

“Always love playing here, always love coming back to North Carolina,” Parker told NBA.com.

“It’s a place that I’ve lived in for a year and it’s always special. I haven’t lived in too many places outside of Chicago – you know even including Wisconsin, it’s damn near like Chicago to me.

“But coming out here is always special because it was like my home away from home for a little bit.”

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