1 » According to CSNChicago.com, a press conference scheduled by the Chicago Bulls for 4 p.m. on Monday will be to officially announce that former Florida Gators center Joakim Noah will be named the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Noah, who was an unlikely MVP candidate this season, would become the first Chicago player to win the award since Michael Jordan (1987-88) and first-ever former Florida player to capture the honor. He would be just the second Gators player to win an NBA year-end award, joining guard Mike Miller, who was named Rookie of the Year in 2000-01 and Sixth Man of the Year in 2005-06.
2 » Already considered a hot name for the New York Knicks job, Florida head coach Billy Donovan is now apparently up for another NBA gig with the Minnesota Timberwolves. “Been discussing [Tom] Izzo/[Fred] Hoiberg for some time as candidates to replace [Rick] Adelman, but here’s a new name I’m told interests Wolves: Billy Donovan,” tweeted ESPN.com reporter Marc Stein on Monday. “Wolves [are] vowing [a] comprehensive search to find coach who can help them persuade Kevin Love to stay. Donovan, I’m told, has emerged as new target.” The New York and Minnesota jobs both opened up on Monday when Mike Woodson was fired by new Knicks team president Phil Jackson and Adelman announced his retirement. Donovan would seem to be a better fit in New York than Minnesota but neither is a likely destination for him at this time. The Timberwolves are 71-93 over the last two seasons, will be looking for their sixth coach in a span of 10 seasons and may very well be losing their star player to free agency after the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign.
3 » Memphis Grizzlies rookie point guard Nick Calathes was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy, according to a league announcement made Friday afternoon. The drug tamoxifen was detected in Calathes’s system and though not a performance enhancer, it is believed to be a drug used to hide the side effects of banned substances such as steroids. (Baseball player Marlon Byrd was suspended 50 games by MLB after testing positive for the same drug in 2012). Calathes, who has decided to file a grievance on the ruling, told USA Today that he did not take the drug to boost his performance. “I deeply regret my actions and apologize to my teammates and the organization for my poor judgment,” he said. “Let me be clear: I never took any medication whatsoever for a performance-enhancing reason. I don’t agree with this outcome, and I will come back a better player and person when I return.”
4 » The Houston Rockets posted 120 points (in overtime) on Sunday night – 24 of which came from former Florida forward Chandler Parsons – but nevertheless fell by two to the Portland Trailblazers in the first game of their Western Conference playoff series. Parsons struggled from beyond the arc (3-for-11) and did not get to the line (1-for-2) but played well overall, going 10-for-11 from the field and adding six boards in a team-high 47 minutes. He was only bested over the weekend by Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee, who scored 20 points on 8-fo-13 shooting with 13 rebounds in his team’s four-point win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
In other news… Parsons now owns a beautiful white Ferrari after Rockets center Dwight Howard followed through with a promise. According to Howard, if Parsons got a mohawk he would have his choice of either a Ferrari or Mercedes-Benz Maybach . Parsons chose the latter, and Howard presented it to him last week.