1 » Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal opened some eyes on Tuesday, both early in the day and later in the evening when his team took down the Chicago Bulls 101-99 behind a great performance from the 20-year-old. Beal on Monday tweeted that he was visiting Giordano’s, a popular Chicago-style deep dish pizza restaurant in the Windy City. The Washington Post asked him about the experience. “I can’t eat that fat pie piece, whatever it’s called,” he said. “Deep dish pizza, I can’t eat that. I got the regular thin one. I didn’t eat a lot because I heard it’ll just sit there and you’ll be in the bathroom for hours.” It was probably a good thing Beal chose the New York-style slices because he went off that next day against the Bulls, scoring a game-high 26 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three with seven boards, two assists, two steals and a block in 42 minutes. Beal led the Wizards to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, scoring six-straight points and nine of his team’s last 11 to knot the contest at 91-91 with 52 seconds remaining.
2 » Chicago center Joakim Noah, fresh off his NBA Defensive Player of the Year honor also played well Tuesday, notching a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds while also registering three dimes in 46 minutes. Noah was 8-of-14 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the line but did commit five turnovers and five fouls in the contest. In other Noah news, it was revealed by TMZ.com Wednesday that he and the footwear company Le Coq Sportif, of which he was an endorser after signing a six-year, $6 million contract, are in the midst of a lawsuit. Noah claims he is owed $1.65 million from the company, which “shut down its U.S. offices, fired the guy who signed Noah and started looking for ways to back out of the deal.” Furthermore, he “held up his end of the bargain and wore Le Coq shoes in every NBA game he played even though he claims they were ‘not well designed and likely contributed to [my] development of plantar faciitis,’” an injury that bothered him for each of the last two seasons. Noah now wears adidas.
3 » Former Florida Gators golfer Billy Horschel opens the 2014 Zurich Classic on Thursday at 1:50 p.m. looking to defend his only PGA Tour title and hopes the calmness of playing in New Orleans, Louisiana, not to mention the home cooking, can drive him to another crown. “Something about this city just puts me at a sense of ease,” Horschel told the Associated Press while praising the city’s food. “We go out to dinner pretty much every night and we don’t talk about golf much. We just talk about other things and we’re having a good time.” Joining him on the greens will be a quartet of other former Florida golfers including Mark Calcavecchia, Chris DiMarco, Matt Every and Camilo Villegas.
4 » During a Wednesday interview with ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino once again praised Florida head coach Billy Donovan and said he would be “terrific” in the NBA but noted that he does not think a move is coming for Donovan any time soon. “Billy has always in the back of his mind wanted to try it,” he said. “He loves strategy, he loves offensive plays, he loves staying up all night and thinking of different ways to innovate, and he also has the personality to deal with professional athletes because he’s a very humble man. He doesn’t care that he has to be in control of his environment, and he I think would do very well if he chooses that path. “ However… “I think Billy always gets cold feet at the end because with him it’s always been about team and family. More than any other person I’ve met in my life and encountered in m y 40 years of coaching, Billy Donovan has his priorities more in line than any person I’ve ever met.”