SIX BITS: Morrison, USA, Calathes, Pouncey

By Adam Silverstein
July 22, 2013

1 » Florida Gators sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison and head coach Will Muschamp – and even Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel – get the Taiwanese animation treatment in this video about Morrison’s two arrests in five weeks.

2 » Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal are joining 26 other players on Monday to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team Mini-Camp in Las Vegas, NV. Though Parsons does not have much experience competing internationally, Beal was involved with USA Basketball as a high schooler and has represented his country before. Both men will have the opportunity to impress head coach Mike Krzyzewski from July 22-25 in hopes of earning placement on the 2013-16 U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in international competitions, qualifiers and eventually the 2016 Rio Olympics. Unfortunately for Beal, he is still recovering from a stress fracture in his leg and is not expected to be able to participate in contact drills during the camp.

3 » ESPN.com‘s Marc Stein reported late Sunday night that the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies are in “advanced discussions on a trade” that would send former Florida Gators point guard Nick Calathes‘s rights from Dallas to Memphis in exchange for future draft considerations. Calathes, a second-round selection by the Mavericks in the 2009 NBA Draft, has never played in the NBA. He has spent the last four years playing basketball in Greece (2009-2012) and Russia (2012) and was named the 2013 Eurocup Most Valuable Player after leading his team, Lokomotiv Kuban, to a championship while averaging 12.9 points, 6.7 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game. UPDATE: Calathes’s rights were officially traded Monday afternoon. It is currently unknown if or when the Grizzlies will bring him to the league.

Check out three more Florida Gators news BITS…after the break!

4 » Though his twin brother, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, offered an apology for wearing a “Free Hernandez” hat at their birthday party in support of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (currently in jail on six charges including first-degree murder), Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey never followed suit and refused to discuss the topic when his team opened training camp on Sunday. “Look, I’m just here just to focus on football,” said Mike Pouncey, who was once Hernandez’s roommate Florida, according to USA Today. “It’s training camp right now, so we’re just here to focus all on football.” He later said he will talk about the situation “once we get through football” before adding that he recognizes his actions off the field will be scrutinized by the media. “We get paid a lot of money to act a certain way, and that’s the way we should be acting,” he said.

5 » Former Gators swimmer Ryan Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist, admitted last week to The Gainesville Sun’s John Boothe that he nearly retired from swimming this spring. “I almost didn’t come back this year,” he said. “I almost quit swimming because I was juggling doing a TV show and doing all these appearances. Living that celebrity lifestyle and still trying to train, it’s hard. There’s times I almost quit because I was having more fun outside the pool than I was in the pool. Usually that was never the case [in the past].” Lochte still plans to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

6 » A look at the dominance of the Southeastern Conference over the last few years by ESPN‘s Numbers Never Lie.

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