1 » All indications are that the news on Chandler Parsons’s knee injury is going to get worse before it gets better. According to ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon, the Dallas Mavericks fear their forward will need microfracture surgery, a procedure that would keep Parsons on the bench through the start of the 2015-16 season. Doctors will investigate the severity of Parsons’s injury with a scope once the swelling goes down; the hope is that he has simply damaged his cartilage, which could be repaired with less-invasive arthroscopic surgery. Parsons will enter the second season of a three-year, $46 million deal in 2015-16, and he serves as a building block for a Mavericks team hoping to turn things around with a younger roster next year.
2 » Despite serving a six-game suspension to start 2014 and learning after the season that New Jersey police have an arrest warrant out for him over failure to pay child support, the Baltimore Ravens signed former Florida Gators safety Will Hill to a one-year, $1.54 million tender last week. During his three-year NFL career, which started one season late as off the field issues led to Hill going undrafted out of Florida, Hill has been suspended for as many games (14) as he has combined interceptions (three), forced fumbles (three) and pass defenses (eight). Yet regardless of his numerous, continued legal and social issues, Hill continues to get work after proving to be a capable NFL starter.
“We’re challenging him for the next three or four months. ‘Are you going to come back a better player than you were when you left here in January, and is that slate going to be clean?’ We fully expect it to be,” head coach John Harbaugh said, according to the Baltimore Sun. “He just had a baby. He’s doing great with his family, and we fully expect him to do a great job with that, and we’re going to try to help him anyway we can with that.”
3 » Mark Sanchez, a former and now current teammate of former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow (then with the New York Jets, now with the Philadelphia Eagles), over the weekend threw a backhand at the man trying to supplant him on the depth chart. “He’s obviously a great guy. He works hard, and we needed another guy to throw while Sam [Bradford]’s still recovering,” Sanchez said, per CSNPhilly.com. “So that’s the reason [for Tebow being signed], at least as explained to me.” Sanchez comments basically diminish Tebow to camp fodder, referring to him as a player who has no chance to make the roster. Of course, if concerns about Tebow’s passing are true, bringing him in as a so-called camp arm would make little sense. The fact of the matter is that Tebow is competing for a roster spot, and though throwing the ball would likely be a responsibility of that spot, it would most likely be wider ranging than that.
4 » A couple of tremendous features were published this month on former Florida basketball players currently making noise in the 2015 NBA Playoffs. The Washington Wizards cruised into the second round with a sweep of Toronto due in large part to the efforts of guard Bradley Beal, who led his team in scoring in two of its four victories. Beal averaged 20.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the first round, hitting 38.0 percent of his field goals and 33.3 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. ESPN.com’s Israel Gutierrez took a look at whether this is finally Beal’s time to breakthrough and become one of the top players in the league.
Equally as dominant in the first round were the Golden State Warriors, which ran through New Orleans in four games. Though he only saw 28 minutes of action in the series, reserve center Marreese Speights grabbed an offensive rebound that became a key assist for an overtime-forcing buzzer-beater in game three, a contest the Warriors went on to win. Speights has seen a resurgence with Golden State this season, averaging a career-high 10.4 points while being more efficient in every other area of his game in 15.9 minutes per contest. SBNation.com’s Mirin Fader spoke with former Gators and current Warriors to put a finger on Speight’s turnaround.