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Nick Calathes will be having a kid shortly.
Nick Calathes: Going home to see my son born can't wait for a new member in the fam
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we claim calathes?
I would if I were you. Dude was a lights-out point guard at Florida and would have set a school record for assists that would have never been broken had he stayed four years.
I have had so many, shall we say, debates, with Gator fans over the years about their views on Calathes. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but it's always amazed me about the amount of dislike pointed toward him. Yes in his two years Florida did not make the NCAAs, whatever. Jason Williams is accepted with open arms, a guy who played 20 games at Florida before flunking his zillionth drug test. Oh well.
Yeah but reports are that Nick was the main problem during the time he was here. It was said he is selfish, basically an asshole with an overinflated ego, and was simply not a team player.
Beatings will continue until morale improves
Is he still with that girl who was a UF volleyball player?
This always pisses me off. The kid was dominant for us without much help in his two years. Be happy for the kid, he's having a great career overseas.
I would of been a bad teammate too with that lineup on the floor. Yet he still managed to lead our team in Assists, Pts and I believe Rebounds in his sophomore year.
Get over it!
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by gatordd 15 months ago
Yeah. And he couldn't jump so good either!
If my aunt had a penis, she would be my uncle.
So, we should rep a kid that doesn't represent any of the values I think we as Gators should all take pride in because he had good stats. Sounds like the type of attention he received his entire career that probably led to his entitlement and poor character.
This post was edited by USMC_Gator 15 months ago
No, because he carried our team for two consecutive seasons. He's a basketball player. He's not even a bad kid. People don't criticize guys who did much more damage to the team. Jason Williams, perfect example as stated above.
The idea that a 21 year old kid is suppose to fit into your image of a "good teammate" is ridiculous. He represented the Gators on the court great. Nothing he did off or on the court warrants the dislike Gator fans have for him.
This post was edited by gatordd 15 months ago
I support just about every former Gator and I'm glad he is successful in Europe. That said, I think part of the reason we weren't so good those years is because he was a bad teammate and cared more about his own stats than the good of the team. A PG can't think that way or the team won't be successful, but he seemed to be that way. So while you hype his good stats as "carrying us", it can be argued with equal validity that he was a ball hog who didn't do his job well and should have distributed more and made those around him better.
Yet the data completely contradicts your personal opinion of him. He was on pace to break the assists record and it wouldn't even be close. You can't do that if you are an extremely selfish player or ball hog as you mentioned.
Combine that with the fact that he was playing with inferior teammates relative to the past decade of Gator hoops. Your argument is completely ridiculous.]
We weren't successful because we weren't good. Parsons was nowhere near the player he is today. Alex Tyus was our Center. Jai Lucas, Walter Hodge, and Erving Walker were our guards... and Dan Werner wrapped it up. Speights was and is solid but one could argue his laziness was a bigger factor for our on-the-court issues.
I'd love to hear some evidence of Calathes being a bad teammate. All I've seen here is "it seems like..."
Get Erving Walker's number and interview him about it. Guarantee you'll get a nice colorful description of what a b*tch Nick was. That said the kid was NICE on the court, just slow as hell and im sure he has grown up a lot. I wish him the best. IMO he's about as much a Gator as Christian Drejer. So yea, no.
It's called being the PG and not helping your teammates be better by creating for them. Add that to leaving after 2 years of no success for Europe when the team was just about to turn the corner. He didnt leave for the NBA, lol. The evidence shows, bad teammate. No loyalty to UF.
You love to throw your opinion out based on absolutely no facts. You were already wrong about being a bad teammate and creating, I addressed that. Yes, he left for Europe after two years. Why dislike a kid for pursuing the ultimate goal of anyone who plays basketball at that level?
He didn't leave for the NBA, bet you thought you were funny with that one. He was drafted with the 45th pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Timberwolves. He was dealt to the Mavericks. More evidence of how delusional you are.
He personally chose to play in Greece, where his brother also plays. He was given a contract that far exceeded his NBA rookie signing. Including significant tax benefits. The Mavericks have tried to persuade him on numerous occasions to consider playing in the States. He has a contract if he wants it, I know this for a fact.
Your personal opinions of him don't gel with the facts. Deal with it.
Sorry Nick. Didn't know I wasn't allowed to have my own opinion. And yes, I do think its funny when a player leaves college after 2 years with no team success for Europe. I'm still laughing. 2nd round NBA picks have no guarantees. Team Chandler for staying and improving and now being an NBA star. His unselfishness paid off. Deal with it.
And as I said in my first message but you missed, glad he has finally had the success that he didn't have at UF.
I never said you can't have your own opinion. I said it's ridiculous because you base it on zero facts. Why does it have to be Chandler vs Nick? They are good friends and both great Gators. I think I've made the point I wanted to make.
He had a lot of success while at UF, including some SEC honors. He led our team but unfortunately our team had limited talent. He didn't cost us success in those seasons, the collection of that group did. That's not on Nick it's on the entire team. At least Nick put his work in on the court. Isn't that what we're talking about anyways, Basketball?
To compare him to Christian Drejer is beyond absurd.
I am not getting into the pissing match this thread has evolved into, or any message board pissing match anymore, but all I can say is the negative things spewed about Nick as fact since he left are 100% false....Alex Tyus was the malcontent and issue on those teams, and Nick left mainly because of him and that he had a great opportunity to fulfill his life long dream of playing pro ball....BD pulled out all the stops to keep Nick, and BD would not do it if Nick was a "bitch" "punk" etc....Tyus was going to leave and Nick was going to stay, when Tyus chose to stay, Nick left.....Nick is a good kid and good Gator.....I will leave it at that....also Nick, while a good student, was not really into school
And everyone is perfectly entitled to their own opinion...
This post was edited by Bullis33 15 months ago
Nick has always been extremely nice when I interacted with him. He was great at UF. He'll always be a Gator. Very happy for him.
I met him and Chandler a couple times when they were still in HS. They both would play pick up games at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland. Spoke with Nick a few times. Nice guy, seemed relatively humble. Saw him late last year in St. Augustine, about 6-7 years later. I recognized him and went up to him to make sure it was him. Shook his hand, talked for a few about him staying around there and some international tournament he was in. Seemed more humble then and more talkative. I was definitely surprised that Chandler became the more succesful of the two.
This post was edited by LawOfTheGator 15 months ago
Walk softly but carry a big stick
The Mavericks were thinking about signing Nick Calathes during the summer, they do own the draft rights to him if he ever decides to try the NBA.
Dallas could use a PG like Nick
...he came and balled out...it is what it is...we can say he abandoned the team but that is not for us to judge...he went to europe to represent his family country and play along side his brother...plus get paid big bucks.....anything else is just us being upset that he didn't lead us to the promise land like we hoped...Nick you are the man!
Who is this guy???!!!! Thanks for the insight. What you said definitely make me reconsider my opinion.
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