Billy Donovan takes pride in Gator NBA All-Stars
Two former Gators are among the players selected to the 2013 NBA All-Star game.
Former Gator David Lee is a reserve for the Western Conference, while Joakim Noah is a reserve on the Eastern Conference squad.
Lee, who is with the Sacramento Kings, is averaging 19.6 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game. Noah, a center with the Chicago Bulls, averages 12.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.
Florida coach Billy Donovan said he's thrilled for Lee and Noah, as well as Bradley Beal and Chandler Parsons who are also having outstanding seasons and could be selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge between the rookies and second-year players.
"I think it’s pretty impressive,'' Donovan said. "You’re probably going to have two guys in the sophomore/rookie game, Beal and Parsons, which is great. A chance to play in the all-star game is pretty impressive. I’m proud of those guys. I think that the one thing about it is David Lee is having just an incredible year and sometimes you don’t get a chance maybe to follow him a lot just because he’s out West, and with the time change. But, I mean, he’s had more 20-point, 10-rebound games than anybody in the NBA and he’s really playing well, and they’re team’s doing well. So I’m happy for him."
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game in Houston will be televised on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. on TNT.