Perhaps I should wait until more information comes out. That is probably what a journalist or a professional would do. But since I am nothing more than a fan, I can let these things out whenever.
I am well aware that this could be a huge overreaction post. I know that going into it. After all, we don’t really know the reason (yet) that Chris Jones has been suspended. So if that reason ever does come out and it isn’t a big deal, this could all be for nothing. However, I am not just writing this to pile on Jones since he got suspended. These won’t really be new thoughts from me. He has always walked a fine line to me on a number of things. So this definitely is not a situation where I thought “Oh Chris Jones got suspended. He must now be a bad guy and I am going to write about it.” Not true. These thoughts have always been there in the back of my mind. But now just seems like the appropriate time to let them out. Speaking of that, there are a couple tweets that show that this probably isn’t just no big deal, and it could last more than a game.
This week on 55……….
We talk Cardinal Camo…….YES…..Cardinal Camo. We go over huge upsets and letdown. We go over the wet, wet, win in South Florida and a slew of other great but random things that have happened this week. Glad to have 55 back for you guys after the hiatus last week. Without further adieu, here are the 55 greatest, most ridiculous or random things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is……55.
1) First off I want to wish my mom a speedy recovery. She means the world to me and normally I don’t talk about personal issues on 55 but if you get a moment, say a prayer. I put her for #1 because she is my number 1….mushy I know (Don’t care)
It was the last Summer League game for the New Orleans Pelicans and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game is full of a lot of guys just trying to make the roster, some I haven’t even heard of. I am not on the couch watching the game on my nice TV. And that’s because the game is not even on TV. It is on ESPN3. Sure, I probably could have hooked my computer up to the TV and watched, but then this wouldn’t have been as interesting. So I sit here on my Google Chromebook, headphones in, watching an NBA Summer League game on a Friday night. And you know what? IT WAS AWESOME!
Russ Smith and the Pelicans squared off against Gorgui Dieng and the Timberwolves. Both guys played over 25 minutes in the 40 minute game, so there weren’t many times where neither was on the floor. For what it’s worth, the Timberwolves beat the Pelicans 97-78. Gorgui Dieng finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Russ Smith finished with 21 points and 3 assists.
Three former Cards were in action on Thursday in the NBA Summer League, and here is how they did…
*Gorgui Dieng – Gorgui posted another double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves lost 100-86 to the Kings. He also had 3 assists and 3 blocks, along with 5 turnovers. He shot 5-15 from the field and was 5-6 from the free throw line. He started and played 35 minutes. I would say that Gorgui is in line for a very good season. But if Kevin Love does get traded, he could have a great season. The Timberwolves may not, but Gorgui sure will!
It was a pretty active day for former Cards in the NBA Summer League on Wednesday. Gorgui Dieng had the best overall game, while Luke Hancock and Kyle Kuric also saw action in their games. Here is how all three did…
*Gorgui Dieng – The big man absolutely dominated the glass, grabbing 19 rebounds to go along with his 13 points as the Timberwolves beat the Suns 86-77. He added 1 assist and 2 steals while shooting 6-13 from the field and 1-2 from the free throw line. He started and played nearly 35 minutes. In 4 games this summer, Gorgui is averaging 10.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. With the win, the Timberwolves advanced in the summer league championship bracket and will face the Sacramento Kings on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The NBA has announced its All-Rookie teams, and Gorgui Dieng was able to make it on the Second Team. Early in the season, this probably sounded crazy. He didn’t start getting meaningful minutes until the last couple of months after Nikola Pekovic got injured for the Timberwolves. Gorgui made the most of his playing time, that’s for sure. There is a chance that Kevin Love could be playing somewhere else next season. If that is the case, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gorgui average a double-double for the season!
2013-14 All-Rookie First Team
Player | Team | First (2 points) | Second (1 point) | Total points
Michael Carter-Williams | Sixers | 125 | 250 total
Victor Oladipo | Magic | 124 | — | 248 total
Trey Burke | Jazz | 108 | 14 | 230 total
Mason Plumlee | Nets | 95 | 24 | 214 total
Tim Hardaway Jr. | Knicks | 87 | 30 | 204 total
After a long hiatus I am back to bring you the week n review. Thanks for all that helped by praying for my family in a time of need. With that being said here is you Cardinal week in review from 4/28 through 5/6
University of Louisville freshman Robert Geibel of the men’s golf team finished in a tie for fourth place at American Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship on Tuesday in Palm Harbor. Louisville finished in a tie for 5th for the team title finishing 12 shots off of the lead. This finish has landed them a spot in the NCAA tournament for just the 7th time in team history in team competition. They will be the 9th seed in the Auburn regional which runs from May 15th-17th at the Auburn University club. This is the first team appearance for the team since 2009.
The NBA announced on Monday that 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams won the Rookie of the Year award. He averaged 16.7 points per game and won the award easily with 104 first place votes (out of 124). The bigger news here of course, is that Gorgui Dieng finished 6th in the voting! Considering he really didn’t start to get meaningful minutes until the middle of March, that is pretty incredible.
Total points for votes in ( )
1. Michael Carter-Williams – Phi (569)
2. Victor Oladipo – Orl (364)
3. Trey Burke – Utah (96)
4. Mason Plumlee – Bkn (58)
5. Tim Hardaway Jr. – NY (23)
6. Gorgui Dieng – Min (3)
7. Steven Adams – OKC (1)
8. Giannis Antetokounmpo – Mil (1)
9. Nick Calathes – Mem (1)
He finished the season averaging 4.8 points and 5 rebounds per game, but his impact was much bigger than that when he finally started to play consistently. For the month of March, he averaged 8.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. That includes 6 games where he played a total of 14 minutes, which couldn’t help those averages at all. March also saw Gorgui have a game with 22 points and 21 rebounds against the Rockets, as well as a game with 15 points and 15 rebounds against the Hawks.
On a night where Corey Brewer scored 51 points, it was Gorgs that stole the show! Minnesota beat Houston 112-110 and Dieng finished with 12 points, 20 rebounds 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals in 38 minutes!
Gorgui Dieng has been making all Louisville Cardinals fans proud lately, as he has been putting up double-doubles left and right for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had a stretch of six games where he had five double-doubles. Even in the last three games, he either had double figures in points or rebounds, which is big because his minutes have gone down just a little bit since Nikola Pekovic returned from injury.
For the month of March, Gorgui has been named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month.
The following quotes came from this article from NBA.com about Gorgui.
“I choose to be a professional basketball player, and I belong with them and that’s not the first time I say that,” Dieng said after his 15-point, 15-rebound effort against Atlanta on March 26. “It took a lot of effort, a lot of sacrifices. I get here before the other players and work with A.J. [head video coordinator Adam Johansen] and work with the other coaches that are here, and after practice I stay and work with Jack [Sikma]. So it takes a lot. It’s just the beginning.”
Well this video is just awesome. Great job by Evan Westendorf.
It is becoming routine now: Gorgui Dieng records a double-double for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tonight it was in a 107-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Gorgui played a team high 41 minutes and had 15 points and 15 rebounds! The 15 rebounds were also a team high, which is saying a lot when you play on the same team as Kevin Love. He also had 2 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal. He shot 6-8 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line.
This is Gorgui Dieng’s 5th double-double in his last 6 games. In those 6 games, Gorgui is averaging 12.6 points and 14 rebounds per game.
I like Mangok, but is there anyway that Gorgui can slip on that #12 jersey and get away with it on Friday? I would imagine this would be some step in that transformaton. Make it happen.
Gorgui Dieng continues to make the most of his opportunity in Minnesota right now while starting center Nikola Pekovic is injured. Monday night, Dieng recorded his fourth double-double in the last five games in a 109-92 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. In 37 minutes, Gorgui had 11 points and 17 rebounds. Seven of those rebounds were on the offensive end.
In these five games that he has started, Gorgui is avergaing 12.2 points and 13.8 rebounds in 32.4 minutes per game.
Here are his highlights from Monday’s game.
Gorgui Dieng had his best night as an NBA player on Thursday night, and is having his best week. He recorded his 3rd straight double-double for the Minnesota Timberwolves as he scored 22 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, both career highs. He was 10-11 from the free throw line and also added 4 assists.
On Sunday against the Kings, Dieng had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks. On Wednesday night against the Mavericks, he had 10 points on 5-5 shooting and 11 rebounds.
So in his 3 starts since Sunday, Dieng is averaging 14.6 points and 14.3 rebounds per game.
Gorgui Dieng is making the most of his opportunities with the Minnesota Timberwolves as their starting center, Nikola Pekovic, is battling injuries. Gorgui has recorded a double-double in each of the last two games as he has started and played significant minutes. On Sunday against the Kings, Dieng had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks. On Wednesday night against the Mavericks, he had 10 points on 5-5 shooting and 11 rebounds. Both games were wins for the Timberwolves. Gorgui was the reason, and I stand by that statement 100%!
He played 37 minutes on Sunday and 25 minutes on Wednesday. In the previous 8 games before Sunday, Gorgui had played 31 minutes TOTAL. So I think it is becoming clear: let the big man play!
Miss ya Gorgs.
Gorgui Dieng got the start for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night in place of injured center Nikola Pekovic, and he stepped up big time. He played 37 minutes and had 12 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 steals! It was his first double double in the NBA as the Timberwolves beat the Sacramento Kings 104-102.
Watch his post game interview and his highlights from the game and tell me you don’t miss the big man. I dare you. Miss you Gorgui!
When this season started, I think fans had expectations that Mangok Mathiang would come right in and fill the void left by Gorgui Dieng. Yes he is tall, from another country, and is built very similar to Dieng. But there is something people were not thinking about: they are NOT the same person. That may be hard to fathom, but Mangok Mathiang is not a clone of Gorgui Dieng.
Yes I know he had a full year to practice with the team so that means he should be like “sophomore Gorgui” right? I thought the same thing before the season started. Well he is a different person. It may take him longer to grasp certain concepts and apply them on the court. I think a few games into the season when people realized that Mangok still had a ways to go, they gave up on him and pretty much said he will never be Gorgui. Well his numbers this year aren’t too far off of Gorgui’s numbers from his freshman season.
After thinking about it for a few days, I finally made my votes on the poll. I checked up on the results as the week went on, just to get a feel for how everyone else was voting. That clearly didn’t influence my picks as you will see. When the question was first thrown at me a few weeks ago in a group text chat by Chris Tingley, it immediately started a debate: Who would your starting 5 be at Louisville in the Rick Pitino era? Everyone has their favorite players that just can’t be replaced by anyone else, and everyone has their reasons why they may have chosen certain players. So here is my starting 5 with a few reasons…
Now this wasn’t an easy choice for me. I’ve always been a ‘guard kind of gal’…if that’s a thing. This is who run’s the offense, my favorite aspect of the game. Some of my first cognitive memories following Cardinal basketball were lead by THE Reece Gaines. One word… Tennessee. I recall being on a field trip in from Audubon in the SAC at UofL (yes I was one of those annoying school kids causing extra lunch traffic…if you can imagine…) and our group ran into Reece Gaines on campus. I followed the elementary crowd asking for autographs not realizing at the time the significance of this run-in. Lo and behold, 15 years later I’d buy the man a shot of Patron at a Wicks Wednesday event after his return to Louisville to coach at Bellarmine.
While it has been recorded that even Dwayne Wade called Reece the best college player he had ever faced, my choice at the PG position in the Pitino era is without a doubt the one and only, Peyton Siva. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s my class’ point guard. Meaning him and I entered college the same year, a very important time in both of our lives. He, of course, finished before me… but whatever, man. I like to think that I watched Siva grow as a player his entire career at Louisville while I, myself, was searching for an identity in my own realm. For years I watched ‘fans’ bash the man’s game when he would turn the ball over in a critical moment or miss the potential game winning shot. But what do we expect from fans in a ‘microwave society’, as Coach P puts it. I never lost faith in Peyton and despite size difference favoring Reece, I’m looking at the guys’ hands. Peyton wears five titles… Big East Tournament Champion and MVP 2012 & 2013 and NCAA National Champion.