SIX BITS: Beal, Parsons, Eckstein, Burton, Brewer

By Adam Silverstein
October 13, 2014

1 » Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is expected to miss approximately six weeks after completing successful surgery on Sunday to repair a fracture in his left wrist. Beal suffered the injury to his non-shooting wrist during a preseason game Friday night. The ailment is expected to force Beal to miss at least the first 12 games of the 2014-15 regular season, which will put him a bit behind the eight ball as he looks to improve on his impressive sophomore campaign. Beal averaged 17.1 points, 3.7 boards and 3.3 assists during his second season in the league when he shot .402 from beyond the arc and started all 73 games in which he participated. Injuries have been commonplace for Beal throughout his young NBA career, but the bourgeoning star expects to overcome this setback and help lead his team this season. “Surgery today… Big Thanks to everyone supporting me and keep me positive…Minor setback for a MAJOR COMEBACK !!” he tweeted Sunday afternoon.

2 » Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons was once again in the news for non-basketball reasons over the weekend as his head coach, Rick Carlisle, poked him for a second time about his conditioning. On Oct. 1, Carlisle jabbed Parsons saying that “one man’s bulking up is another man’s not-quite-in-shape-yet,” according to’s Tim MacMahon. On Saturday, Carlisle went after him again. “He looked tired out there tonight to me, and his shot is short,” he said. “He’s working on losing some weight. He’s a little bit heavier than he’s been. … Tonight’s one of those nights where I think the extra weight was a hindrance. … He looked tired out there and a little heavy-legged, and the extra seven or eight pounds aren’t helping. I don’t mean to call him out in public or ridicule him, but it’s just a fact.”

Parsons answered Carlisle with the above picture, which he posted Saturday on Instagram. On Sunday, Carlisle issued an overly lengthy and serious public apology to Parsons, which is probably taking things a step too far. “It was unfair and inappropriate to single out Chandler parsons after the game Friday night,” he wrote in a statement released on the team’s website. “I have apologized to him and the entire team for this error in judgment. Not only is Chandler Parsons one of our best players, he is also one of our hardest working players and the kind of high character person we strive to bring to our city and franchise. I also made it clear to our players and staff this morning that this type of bad example is not acceptable and beneath the dignity of a championship organization like the Dallas Mavericks.”

3 » Former Florida Gators shortstop David Eckstein is now retired after a 10-year MLB career. How is the two-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion and 2006 World Series MVP spending his days? Working as Stat Boy on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption, of course. Well, that’s what Eckstein did on Tuesday at least, as he became the latest celebrity to fill in for Tony Reali, who has yet to be replaced by the network since leaving the program. Check out the entire segment below.

4 » NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon often has fun at the expense of professional athletes, and former Gators have been the butt of his jokes on more than one occasion. In addition to various ribbings of former quarterback Tim Tebow, Fallon has featured a number of former Florida football players as part of his fake yearbook superlatives segment, which is part of his monologue on Fridays during football season (ahead of NBC’s Sunday night game).

Just over a year ago, Fallon skewered Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert, joking that he is “Most Likely To Be The Love Child of P. Diddy and Chris Christie.”

Over the past two weeks, Fallon has hit Gilbert (again) and Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton (skip to 1:28 in the second video below).

5 » Minnesota Timberwolves F Corey Brewer has been well-known, since his days with the Gators, for his signature smile. Unfortunately for Brewer, his chompers got a bit taken off of them two weeks ago as he chipped two of his teeth during a scrimmage in Timberwolves training camp. “He’ll go up to the [Twin] Cities and get them capped or whatever,” head coach Flip Saunders said. Minnesota’s Twitter account initially reported that two of Brewer’s teeth were completely knocked out, though the team quickly corrected that mistake. Brewer is entering the second of a three-year, $14.11 million contract he signed with the Timberwolves ahead of last season. He will earn $4.7 million while competing for playing time with rookie Andrew Wiggins.

6 » Former Florida wide receiver Reche Caldwell is facing up to “20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Wednesday [Oct. 1] in U.S. District Court in Tampa to possessing with intent to distribute ethylone,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. Caldwell, who spent six seasons in the NFL and has struggled with legal issues over the last few years, is charged with purchasing and selling the street drug known as “Molly.” He has also faced legal trouble over marijuana and illegal gambling. No sentencing date has been set, per the Times, though Caldwell does not appear to have much going for him in the way of potential leniency due to his multiple priors.

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