FOUR BITS: Bonner, Tebow, Noah, Wambach

By Adam Silverstein
March 23, 2015

1 » During an NBA game on Friday, former Florida Gators forward Matt Bonner received an uppercut to the groin courtesy of Boston’s Marcus Smart, who was ejected from the game and subsequently suspended one game by the league. Smart claimed it was unintentional and “just a freak accident,” noting that Bonner likely would’ve gone after him had he thought it to be intentional. Bonner, a 10-year veteran who is averaging 4.0 points and 1.6 boards for the San Antonio Spurs, has yet to discuss the incident.

2 » Former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn, who was a teammate of Tim Tebow’s for one year on the Denver Broncos, wrote an extensive piece for FOX Sports on Friday about what he believes to be Tebow’s roadblock to returning to the league. (As it turns out, Quinn himself is trying to find a spot in the NFL and even competed in the inaugural Veteran Combine on Sunday.) The nearly 2,000-word piece, which gives a fair and seemingly accurate representation of Tebow’s issues, can be read in full here but summed up by the following:

To me, it was mental.

Our system in Denver had to be broken down in simpler form to utilize Tim’s athletic ability, while also not putting too much on his plate given he lacked experience. The reads were simple: if there’s a post safety, throw to this guy or run. If there are two safeties, throw to this guy or run. Things were kept simple so he could play fast and not have to deal with all the varying defensive looks NFL teams can show. That approach can get you off that ground, but it’s not a long-term answer.

What became problematic was when Tim would be indecisive with which side of the field to throw based on the coverage. The hesitation led to a slower decision which led to slower footwork and a rushed throw. In my opinion, this is what caused the inaccurate passes.

3 » Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah spent a portion of his Sunday hanging out with none other than WWE Hall of Famer and 12-time world champion Hulk Hogan as a means of promoting his Noah’s Arc Foundation charity. Hogan purchased one of Noah’s Drop of Consciousness pendants and the duo celebrated his involvement with a couple social media videos.

4 » U.S. Women’s National Team star forward Abby Wambach announced last week that she will not play professional club soccer in 2015 as a means of preparing for the 2015 Women’s World Cup this summer. Wambach, 34, is the all-time leading international goal scorer (male or female) with 178 goals in 237 appearances with the United States. She was named 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year after leading the Americans to a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics. She was also the United States’ best player in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, which the Americans lost to Japan in the championship final, though Wambach still garnered Bronze Boot and Silver Ball honors. The 2015 cup will be Wambach’s fourth and likely last. The United States has not won the event since 1999, with Wambach participating in 2003 (third), 2007 (third) and 2011 (second).

Extra BIT » Florida assistant basketball coach John Pelphrey will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball hall of Fame on July 11, according to the Herlad-Dispatch. Pelphrey, who grew up in the state and also played at Kentucky under Rick Pitino, has been a member of head coach Billy Donovan’s staff at Marshall (1994-96) and with the Gators (1996-02, 2011-present).

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