TWO BITS: Pouncey’s science, Noah’s dirty?

By Adam Silverstein
April 28, 2011

1 » Florida Gators center Mike Pouncey, likely to be a first-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft Thursday evening, recently took part in a segment for ESPN‘s Sports Science feature. You can view it below:

2 » Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger accused Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah of being a dirty player on Tuesday, saying he took cheap shots at some of his teammates during a recent game. “The refs never catch what he did … it’s cowardly,” Granter told ESPNChicago.com. “And I’m going to say something about it. I wanted to say something about it all the way to the game was over. I just don’t think the game should be played that way. You can play hard and fight and battle, but when you start cheap-shotting people it gets out of hand.” Asked his thoughts on the subject, Noah dismissed Granger’s claims and said he did nothing of the sort. “I played dirty? OK. I’m just trying to win basketball games, man,” he said. “It’s the name of the game. I’m just out there trying to do what I gotta do. Like I said, I give a lot of credit to their team. They play hard as hell. They were competitive. I don’t have anything bad to say about them. Everybody saw what happened out there. Now you want to call me a dirty player? I don’t think I’ve ever been a dirty player. It is what it is. It’s OK.”

Florida head coach Billy Donovan, who mentored Noah during back-to-back NCAA National Championship runs, said nothing could be further from the truth than Granger’s claims. “I don’t know Danny Granger at all, but I do know Joakim, and I do not agree with that one bit,” Donovan said during an interview with ESPN 1000 “Jo to me is the guy that I’ve got a tremendous amount of love and affection for. He’s one of those guys, that I think if you’re the opposing team, you don’t like him. […] I think the last thing I would say about him is that he is a dirty player, that’s the farthest thing from the truth, but again, I don’t know Danny Granger. I don’t know what the intent was of that, but I’ll tell you this, when you go against Joakim, you better bring it, because he is coming every single possession for every offensive, defensive rebound and run the floor. He’s going to do what he’s gotta do to out there to try and help his team win, and that could be misconstrued by Granger saying he’s dirty, but Joakim Noah is not a guy that I ever felt coaching or being around him that he was a dirty player.”

18 Comments

  1. David says:

    GatorNation should be so proud and thankful for the Pounceys. They were great players and leaders. That Lakeland class with Rainey and Black did some special things. Too bad John Brown had issues and Paul Wilson and James Wilks had different kinds of issues.

    • SaraGator says:

      Granger doesn’t deserve this much attentionl. He’s just a sore loser.

      Video was pretty cool. If I’m not mistaken the Pounceys were FSU fans but weren’t recruited by ’em. Thank goodness Meyer and company saw their potential.

      I am rooting for our boys especially Ahmad to be drafted to a team that will utilize their maximum potential and have an appreciating fanbase.

  2. npgator says:

    Granger sounds like sour grapes to me.

  3. vsherrel says:

    Ok, how many takes did they have to do to get 10/10?

  4. Mr2Bits says:

    Well sCam went number one, what a joke I mean surprise. He really proved his worth for one year. With that said, does anyone find it funny that Kiper has not whispered the name Clausen like he was ramming down everyones throat as the next Brady last year? Adam, have you seen Kiper around here lately? I know he would show up every now and then to defend his hair but haven’t seen him in awhile. Would really like him to chime in.

    • Mel Kiper, Jr. says:

      Ask and ye shall receive, Mr. 2Bits. For the record, I did state earlier this week that I still thought Clausen was a pretty good QB, and they hadn’t taken enough time to evaluate him, but nobody ever seems to listen to me. Teams like Carolina ignoring me are the reason they are drafting as high as they are.

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    HOLY CRAP : CP7 just went 12th overall? Am I really drunk or did that just happen????

  6. Daniel M. says:

    Mike Pouncey is a MIAMI DOLPHIN!

    (channeled my inner Cam Cameron)

  7. Ken (CA) says:

    Maybe Noah didn’t realize what he was doing, he is another Gator caught with the weed after all!

    Seriously, sour grapes it sounds like, but those guys need to get off the weed…

  8. MattJ says:

    I like how Billy D came out to defend Jo

  9. Matt says:

    Adam,
    Can you explain how the supplemental draft works again! I would love to see the Jags pick up JJ!

    • Sure.

      Basically it works like a normal draft except teams don’t have to take their picks (and the vast majority don’t). However, whatever pick they do choose a player with, they lose that pick for the next year. So there could be 0 first-round picks and then a team could take Janoris with the No. 7 pick of the second round. If that happens, that team gets Janoris but loses their 2012 2nd round pick.

      The order is determined by three separate lotteries…. teams with 6 wins (weighted) and playoff teams (weighted). Those three lotteries (and the orders they come up with) are then combined together to form a full round.

      Hope that helps.

      • Matt says:

        Good stuff thanks! Jenkins was talked about as an early first rounder if he had come out so if I think they could pick him up and move Mathis to safety since he has slowed a step and that would be huge for them! Then later trade up and get a rush DE and that would be a great draft for them! Thoughts?

  10. Matt says:

    Joe Haden’s Science Video is even better! Very cool….

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5116370

  11. Swift_tech69 says:

    Thanks for the link matt!!

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