Rajon Rondo, Joakim Noah (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
It started before college during AAU play, but the fact Rajon Rondo went to Kentucky and Joakim Noah enrolled at bitter SEC rival, Florida, certainly didn’t help what became a colossal acrimony between the two NBA players. Then the 2009 first round Celtics-Bulls playoff battle – with all it’s back-and-forth jawing, physical play and overtime sessions â€” confirmed that Rondo and Noah had become two opposing forces of equal magnitude destined for beef. But now, after 10 years in the NBA and the maturity that ensued, the fire between the pair has cooled â€” at least a little. Read More »
The 190 pound 6-4 guard out of Georgia, Zach Hodskins, might seem to be just another high school senior with dreams of playing basketball on the NCAA’s highest level; except, Zach was born with a genetic birth defect and does not have a left arm below the elbow. Now comes word from Yahoo’s Prep Rally blog that Florida’s Billy Donovan has offered Hodskins preferred walk-on status. Read More »
Experience is priceless in college basketball, which is why the Florida Gators have to be considered a legit threat to make another Final Four run and possibly contend for a national championship in 2010-11.
Florida is returning its entire starting five from last season, a group that won 21 games and earned an NCAA Tournament berth: Erving Walker, Kenny Boynton, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus and Vernon Macklin. Read More »
In Monday’s Smack, we told you about how Duke and Coach K were shaking up the balance of power in the college world by squeezing Indiana out of the picture for Kyrie Irving and luring Austin Rivers (Doc’s son) to campus for a visit, even though he’s officially committed to Florida.
And tonight there’s more. Read More »
After back-to-back championships, you might say that the Florida Gators haven’t been playing too well for the past couple years. But you definitely can’t say that about Nick Calathes. Despite not seeing him play in the Big Dance, Calathes could very well be the best player picked in the second round. Read More »