FOUR BITS: Young waived, Noah almost bitten, Parsons gets weird, Speights goes off

By Adam Silverstein
November 30, 2014

1 » The New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday waived former Florida Gators center Patric Young, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent this summer. Young inked a two-year deal with New Orleans after impressing Pelicans officials during the NBA Summer League. He was guaranteed an invitation to New Orleans training camp and earned his way onto the team’s regular-season roster from there. It is unknown why specifically the Pelicans decided to waive Young, who was on the active roster on Saturday but has yet to get an opportunity to play in a regular-season game. There were a number of teams interested in Young’s services following the 2014 NBA Draft, so it would not be a surprise to see him get another chance elsewhere in the near future.

2 » Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has long been at odds with a number of players in the league, including Cleveland’s LeBron James and Kevin Garnett (formerly of Boston, now with Brooklyn). During a game Sunday, Garnett either attempted and failed (or was playing around) when he tried to bite Noah on the hand Garnett, of course, says he was messing around. “If I wanted to bite [Noah], I would have. Shout out to Mike Tyson,” he said after the game. “Kevin Garnett tried to bite me. That’s crazy. That’s amazing,” Noah noted, according to the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson.

3 » Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons was trying to play defense against Toronto this past week. “Trying” because no one knows for sure what Parsons was doing on this possession.

4 » Former Gators F/C Marreese Speights had one of the best games of his career on Friday, scoring 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting to lead his Golden State Warriors to a 106-101 victory. It is the third time in the last seven games that Speights has scored 24 points or more, an impressive feat considering that he has only scored 20+ points a total of 17 other times in his seven-year career. Speights’s performance was not without its share of hilarity, however. While in the flow and trying to attempt a half-court buzzer-beater, Speights did not even get the shot off because he traveled.


  1. Marc says:

    Hate playing the role of “fact checker” but the Parson’s play was against Toronto (not my beloved Knicks) and in the Noah piece, you say that Noah is at odds with a number of players “including Cleveland’s Joakim Noah”. Not sure who you are actually referring to. Sorry. Go Gators.

  2. Daniel M. says:

    Florida Gators in the NBA make the NBA kind of interesting. Sort of.

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