1 » Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem has only shot 13 three pointers over 751 career NBA games before last Friday, so why has he attempted three since? According to the Miami Herald‘s Barry Jackson, his coach told him he needs to start doing so if the 34-year-old plans to play major minutes in place of Chris Bosh. “If I want to play [power forward], I have to shoot the corner three. It’s part of our offense,” he told Jackson. “If I’m going to play the four, I have to implement that. you’re not going to make all of them, but you have to take them with confidence. I’m going to make some.” Haslem started his career 0-for-16 from three (0-for-3 with the Florida Gators), draining his first trey on Friday. He is 0-for-2 since for a combined 6.3 percent lifetime from beyond the arc.
2 » According to David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune, who painstakingly did the research, no Southeastern Conference coaching staff has seen more turnover in the last 15 years than Florida. The Gators have had 65 coaches rotate in and out of the program in that time, nine more than the next-highest program (Ole Miss, 56) and nearly 20 more than the average among the other 13 SEC schools (45.4). That average is weighed down heavily by Missouri (17) and Georgia (30), though UF’s high number is still indicative of its hiring issues, especially most recently under Will Muschamp.
3 » 247Sports.com recruiting analyst Ryan Bartow reports that three-star 2016 quarterback Rex Culpepper, the son of former Gators defensive tackle Brad Culpepper, is being pursued not only by UF and Clemson but also Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. “I spoke to him before and he compared me to Alex Smith,” the younger Culpepper told Bartow. “He said if I am that type of guy, I am the type of guy that he wants.” Meyer has been known to throw lofty comparisons at recruits in the past, and his connection to the Culpepper family – Meyer asked the father to speak to the team before the Florida-Georgia game in 2010 – makes OSU a real player for the Gators legacy. That being said, Rex Culpepper also told Bartow that he “definitely” wants to visit Florida and get to know head coach Jim McElwain better.
4 » Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons are each dealing with nagging injuries that are keeping them out of action. Beal has missed five-straight games with a leg injury, though it is unknown whether it is the same ailment that has cost him parts of the last two seasons. Parsons did not play Sunday and was already scheduled to miss two more games with a sprained left ankle when he came down with the flu, forcing him to skip his rehabilitation session on Tuesday. Washington and Dallas are each positioned in the No. 5 spot in their respective conferences with the opportunity to move up as high as No. 2 over the latter half of the 2014-15 regular season.