1 » Former Florida Gators center Patric Young is playing his first NBA preseason with the New Orleans Pelicans and is already dropping some highlights. On Monday, New Orleans fell 93-87 to Atlanta, but not before Young could deliver this put-back dunk (skip to 1:35). Young finished the contest with four points and four boards in 11:20. Against Miami in his team’s preseason opener, Young made his only field goal, scoringtwo points to go along with eight rebounds, a block and two turnovers in 21 minutes.
2 » Also on Monday, Chicago Bulls C Joakim Noah got into a heated exchange with Washington’s Paul Pierce during their teams’ preseason game. Noah was relatively calm about the situation until Pierce stuck his pointer finger into Noah’s forehead. Coming back from knee surgery, Noah looked even less fluid than normal during the game and is expected to skip Tuesday’s contest as a precaution.
3 » Speaking with the media on Monday, LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles delivered as mundane an evaluation of an opponent as one could give during a game week. Here is what he said at his weekly press conference.
“They are a very talented team. Will Muschamp is doing a very quality job there. They suspended, apparently, Treon Harris today for what reason. I’m not certain and don’t know his status. They’re averaging 33 points and 400 yards of total offense. Jeff Driskel is the veteran quarterback that’s back. Big running back Matt Jones – 372 yards and three touchdowns – is a runner, big, strong tailback style. Defense is talented; they’re allowing 20 points per game, very good up front, playmakers on that side of the ball. They’ve gained 15 turnovers and only turned the ball over seven times.”
4 » Currently playing with Maccabi Tel Aviv, former Gators forward Alex Tyus rejected Cleveland Cavaliers F Tristan Thompson at the rim during an exhibition game over the weekend. Check out the clip by clicking here.
5 » Three-star defensive end Houshun Gaines (Rocky Mount, NC) committed to the Gators on Thursday. Unfortunately for Gaines, he did not have a commitable offer from Florida. According to the Rocky Mountain Telegram, Gaines was “catfished” into believing he had been communicating with Gators defensive line coach Brad Lawing on Twitter, and he thought he had an opportunity to join the program. So Gaines held a ceremony at Nash Central High School, put a couple hats on the table and chose the one in orange and blue. Florida’s coaches, which learned of his decision while they were in Knoxville, Tennessee, preparing for their next game, were obviously “shocked” considering the circumstances. Someone with the Gators eventually got in touch with Gaines on Friday and explained the unfortunate situation, noting that they still “want to see more from him” before extending a commitable offer, according Michael Mosley, Nash Central’s athletic director. With Gaines obviously wanting to attend Florida, perhaps UF will find a spot for him after his senior season and closer to National Signing Day.
6 » Evidence is being ruled inadmissible left and right in the murder case against Aaron Hernandez with the Associated Press noting Monday that a magazine confiscated from Hernandez’s Hummer and bullets found at an apartment he was renting were tossed in the case because “state police didn’t demonstrate probable cause for the searches.” Police never recovered the murder weapon and are hoping that a mountain of circumstantial evidence is enough to convict Hernandez.
Judge E. Susan Garsh said there were “absolutely no facts” linking Hernandez “in any way at all to the crime under investigation” in an affidavit supporting the warrant application to search his Franklin apartment. That warrant was for a cellphone belonging to co-defendant Carlos Ortiz, who was with Hernandez when Odin Lloyd was killed. …
Meanwhile, the judge heard a third day of testimony on separate defense motions to suppress additional evidence, including from Hernandez’s BlackBerry and home surveillance system.
Extra BIT » It remains to be seen whether Gators redshirt junior guard Eli Carter (leg) will be able to fully resume his career…but at least he’s on homemade trick shot videos with Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving. Carter tosses an off-the-wall alley-oop to Irving, presumably inside Irving’s own home, which the star slams home. (h/t Alligator Army)