11/22: Donovan talks about Macklin’s knee, FAU

By Adam Silverstein
November 23, 2010

No. 14/16 Florida Gators head basketball coach Billy Donovan likes to talk – and we like to listen – which is why we have compiled some of the most important news, notes and quotes from his latest media availability in the following post.


Though redshirt senior center Vernon Macklin is feeling “significant pain” in his right knee due to tendinitis, bone spurs and “a lot of grinding” behind his kneecap, he will not require surgery and will continue to practice and play with the Gators this season. However, Donovan did not put to rest a thought of sitting him for a stretch including perhaps some of Florida’s less intense upcoming games.

“It could be discussed,” he said on Monday. “It probably will be discussed. He’ll practice some today and play tomorrow and going forward from there we’ll make a decision of what we need to do. If we’re going to rest him, it won’t be for a couple days. That’s not going to cure the problem. It would help him a lot [to sit out for a week or longer].”

Macklin’s lack of “explosion,” as Donovan put it, explains why he has been showing up in the first half of games but is struggling to get things going after the first buzzer. His knee is warmed up before and during the start of the games but gets achy and more painful as things go on. Nevertheless, surgery is not an option for Macklin at this point if he wishes to continue playing this year.

“The biggest thing with surgery is: Do you get a drastic return when you perform surgery that he’s that much better?” Donovan said. “With what his issues are, there is no guarantee that if he did get surgery, there would be a whole lot of improvement there. Because of the tendinitis and the bone spurs the best thing for him would be rest.”


If facing new No. 3/3 Ohio State last week served as a wake-up call for Florida, nearly blowing a big lead against Morehead State on Sunday served as a splash of cold water on the face. With the Florida Atlantic Owls coming to town Tuesday, Donovan believes the Gators will be tested in a different way.

“[FAU’s] a team that’s deeper than [Morehead State] on the perimeter,” he said. “They’re going to play five guards. They’ve got speed and quickness. They’re going to play more conventionally up front, as opposed to [MSU] playing four guards. They will play with two post players. They’re a little more athletic with more size.”

QUOTES (After the break…)

Senior forward Chandler Parsons on Macklin’s being injured: “He’s a big part of our team. If he’s sitting out, he’s one of our seniors, he’s a leader. That would be tough. Thank God we have depth, we have some size in there. We have some guys who can fill in and play hard.”

Freshman point guard Scottie Wilbekin on he and freshman guard Casey Prather being late for shootaround on Sunday: “[I was] just running a little late. It won’t happen again.”


  1. Basshole says:

    This issue with Macklin is pretty scary. I could see him easily missing significant playing time.

  2. Wingtee says:

    Sure Adam go ahead and conceed the FSU and K State game to sit VM. He played plenty vs FAU and did ok. We have no chance vs FSU without him. What are u thinking? Are u
    trying to keep us out of the tourney?

    • Oh my god – what am I thinking?!?!

      I’m thinking that having Macklin out of the lineup would not concede the FSU game, unless you happen to believe Florida has no chance of winning without him.

      I’m thinking that, what I wrote, would have him returning to the court for the Kansas State game – so that part of your question doesn’t make any sense. [Though looking back at my comment I counted wrong. Should have said 7 games and 3 weeks not 8 games.]

      And I’m thinking that having a healthy(ier) Macklin for the entire SEC slate, SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament is much more important than winning one more game early in the season.

      My logic would help the Gators be the healthiest possible to make the tournament, not keep them out of it. Gasp!

  3. Wingtee says:

    There is no NCAA without a win over FS or K State. We are not good enough to roll thru the SEC like you think? What have you been watching ?

    • Wingtee- I seriously suggest you start being more respectful in your replies. Being antagonistic and rude does not sit well with me. I’ve been watching an average team at best thus far this season. Losing to – let’s say – OSU and KSU (both top five teams) does not disqualify you from the NCAA Tournament. If Florida has 2 or even 3 losses going into SEC competition, they simply have to perform well and finish the season strong. Perhaps you don’t understand how the system works. It is not how you start, it’s how you finish. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Wingtee says:

    Why are you so sensitive? Why can’t we get passionate to discuss Gator sports . You let other responders off with more than I give. I digest you get a little tougher. I’m not in this to agree with you, though you like that better. You ain’t getting that from me. Yea I know you can shut me off, in fact that is what I expect. Just know that I am a loyal reader to your site. If this is it for me … Good luck

    • You are allowed to disagree with me as much as you want. However there are respectful and normal ways to do so without coming as rude and antagonistic. I felt you crossed the line so I said so. I – as always – appreciate you as a reader and commenter. That is why I approved your comments and responded informing you how I felt you came across. That being said, I think you could have articulated yourself better. Understand where I’m coming from?

      In summation, as a coach I’d rather have a player healthy for a long stretch in the middle/end of the season than the first few games in the beginning. Florida plays plenty of worthy SEC competition that a healthy Macklin would be important to have. I feel they could beat FSU without him and, in my original statement, they could have had him back before KSU.

  5. Wingtee says:

    I don’t think they match
    up well with FSU even with VM. So I suppose your argument for him sitting out although from different arguments. Singleton and Gibson are better than our best 2 players. Just a bad match .
    K state will beat us by 15 . Too many good atheletes. Last
    year we get in the tourney by winning the early non conference games. I don’t think we are much improved from last year so I have my
    concerns during conference

  6. Wingtee says:

    Understand your point Adam . Hope we are cool! Have a great weekend and let’s scalp the “semis”

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