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Tracking former UF athletes through their professional sports careers

How Gators can make an impact in NBA playoffs

Even more impressive than the fact that eight of 10 former Gators in the NBA will be playing in the NBA playoffs is the fact that each of those eight players are key contributors, if not cornerstones, to their respective teams. While The Sun’s Kevin Brockway highlighted each player that will be in action starting today, I’ll go into each first-round matchup and what role each Gator can play to help their respective teams. DAVID LEE: The All-Star forward/center always… Read More »

NBA Gators: Parsons drops 32 in best game as pro

Chandler Parsons was too busy having the best game of his young NBA career to realize he was closing in on one of the best games in his franchise’s history. Parsons, who scored a career-high 32 points in the Houston Rockets’ 136-103 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, was 11-for-11 from the field with 3:57 left in the third quarter after draining his fifth 3-pointer. At that point, Parsons admitted he got carried away the next time down the… Read More »

Noah’s historic night strengthens case for best big

Back in December, Joakim Noah said he’d haunt the City of Brotherly Love “for the rest of my career.” No one thought he’d channel the ghosts of Shaquille O’Neal or Hakeem Olajuwon. Noah recorded 23 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks for a monstrous triple-double in leading the Bulls to a 93-82 win over the 76ers in Chicago on Thursday night, numbers duplicated only by those aforementioned legends since 1985. “That’s legendary stuff,” Carlos Boozer told the Chicago Tribune. “I’ve… Read More »

All-Star nods are uniquely special for Lee, Noah

Golden State Warriors forward David Lee and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah already knew they’d be playing against each other on Friday night. As it turns out, they’ll do the same on Feb. 17. Lee and Noah were chosen to go to the NBA All-Star Game on Thursday, and both of the Gators’ selections were special for different reasons. Lee, who made the Western Conference squad as a reserve, is the first Warriors player selected to the All-Star Game since… Read More »

Vengeful Noah brought extra for Philadelphia fans

Joakim Noah typically manufactures energy from his own limitless supply, but he had a little more in store for the 76ers last night. The Chicago Bulls’ center never forgot Game 3 of last year’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals, where the notorious fans in Philadelphia cheered when he severely sprained his ankle. Noah was forced to miss the rest of the playoffs, then the Olympics. That was a motivational catalyst all offseason for Noah, who felt “disrespected.” “I’ve been thinking about it… Read More »

Gator contingent will be strong in London Games

Corrections are being made to reflect more Gators representing countries outside the U.S. Florida will have at least 37 current and former Gator athletes representing the university in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, setting the school’s all-time record for number of letterwinners at a single Oylmpiad. Of that total, 23 come from the swimming program and 10 more from track and field. Here’s a list of UF’s athletes who will be competing in the Olympics: Representing the United States:… Read More »