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Cards in the NBA Summer League update: Friday morning

Five former Cards were in action yesterday in the NBA Summer League. Here is how each of them did.

Russ Smith – Memphis Grizzlies

Russ had another solid game with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 5 turnovers. He was 4-10 from the field and 9-9 from the free throw line. Memphis beat Oklahoma City 87-81.

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Cards in the NBA Summer League Update: Wednesday morning

Yesterday was a pretty eventful day for former Louisville Cardinals in the NBA Summer League. Russ Smith hit a game winning shot against Peyton Siva’s team, and Terry Rozier led the Celtics in scoring. Not a bad day. Here are the stats…

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Russ Smith scores 20 points and hits game winner

Photo: unknown

Photo: unknown

In NBA Summer League action on Tuesday afternoon, Russ Smith faced off against Peyton Siva. Russ and the Grizzlies got the better end of the matchup, as Russ went off for 20 points, including the game winning shot in sudden death.

Russ finished with 20 points on 9-12 shooting and was 2-3 from the three point line. He also had 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 turnover.

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Cards in the NBA Summer League update: Tuesday morning

There are six former Louisville Cardinals participating in the NBA Summer League: Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Earl Clark, Terry Rozier, Wayne Blackshear, and Montrezl Harrell. Here is just a little update on how the guys have done that have begun playing.

Russ Smith – Memphis Grizzlies

Through two games with the Memphis Grizzlies, Russ is off to a very good start. The summer league is usually where guys are trying to show that they belong in the NBA by scoring…a lot. You won’t find too much passing. For someone who can score at will, Russ is making the effort to pass the ball. He leads the team with 7.5 assists per game. The next highest is Andrew Harrison at 2.5 per game. Some other stats:

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 6/20/15

93.9 The Ville

Well it finally happened! Cardinal Sports Zone hit the airwaves this past Saturday morning on 93.9 The Ville. Myself and Steve Rummage got the show rolling and it was definitely an adventurous debut. For the first 30-40 seconds of this show, Steve is hard to hear because we didn’t realize his microphone wasn’t working.

When he slid over and started to use mine, that meant we only had one to use, and moving it back and forth caused a squeek, so we tried to not move it too much. After a while, we got two mics working and the back-and-forth was way better and the flow was smoother. There had to be some kind of story or drama happen, and that was it. It could have been worse.

Peyton Siva

Steve and I were joined in studio by Peyton Siva, which was awesome. We talk about the 2013 National Championship team, how important team chemistry is, and more with Peyton. We also dive into a little bit of football, and I close the show by talking about a real life situation that is easily the most important post that has ever been published on this website.

Click the play button below, enjoy, and listen in on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. on 93.9 The Ville!

Russ Smith and Peyton Siva Played Against Each Other Wednesday Night

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

In news that kind of flew under the radar, Russ Smith and Peyton Siva played against each other on Wednesday night in the NBA D-League. Siva’s Erie Bayhawks defeated Smith’s Iowa Energy by a score of 120-114.

Siva finished with 15 points (5-11 shooting), 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Smith had 11 points (4-9 shooting), 9 assists, 7 rebounds, and 7 steals.

The full game is below if you want to watch it. Other notable players in the game:

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Is Chris Jones Really “Louisville First”?

Photo: Tim Haag/

Photo: Tim Haag/

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.

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Peyton’s Next Stop In The NBA

Peyton Siva

Peyton Siva has been waiting on news of where he would land after being cut by the Detroit Pistons a few weeks ago. It looks like he will wait no longer:

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Peyton Siva released by Pistons



The Detroit Pistons have decided to release Peyton Siva after he apparently did not do enough this summer to earn a spot on the team. In 3 games, Siva averaged 10 points, 5 assists, and 2.3 rebounds in 23 minutes per game. He also averaged less than 2 turnovers per game (1.6). Not too bad for a point guard.

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Cards in the NBA Summer League 7/8/14


Be sure to check out over the next few weeks to keep up with how the former Cards are doing in the NBA Summer Leagues. When all the games are done for the day (with former Cards in them), we will update you on how they did for that day.

Tuesday saw only one former Card in action, as Peyton Siva and the Pistons beat the Miami Heat 80-78. After two great games to start the summer, this one was cut short. He played 12:38 but left the game with a sore hamstring and did not return. He finished with 2 points, 2 assists, and 1 rebound with 1 turnover. He shot 0-3 from the field, including 0-1 from 3-point and was 2-2 from the foul line.

The Pistons are back in action Wednesday evening as they take on the Celtics at 7:00 pm ET on NBA TV. Hopefully Siva is better and can play in this one.

Cards in the NBA Summer League 7/7/14


Be sure to check out over the next few weeks to keep up with how the former Cards are doing in the NBA Summer Leagues. When all the games are done for the day (with former Cards in them), we will update you on how they did for that day.

Today was not very busy at all, as only one former Card had a game and that was Luke Hancock with the Orlando Magic. Luke played 3:49 and did not score or attempt a shot. He did have 2 assists and 1 rebound in his short amount of playing time.

Tomorrow the Magic play again at 3:00 pm ET against the Grizzles on NBA TV. Also, Peyton Siva and the Detroit Pistons play at 5:00 pm ET against the Miami Heat. That game will also be on NBA TV. In two games, Siva is averaging 14 points, 6.5 assists, and 3 rebounds per game.

Cards in the NBA Summer League 7/6/14



Be sure to check out over the next few weeks to keep up with how the former Cards are doing in the NBA Summer Leagues. When all the games are done for the day (with former Cards in them), we will update you on how they did for that day.

For today, there is only one player that played, and that is Peyton Siva with the Detroit Pistons. Yesterday, Siva had a great game with 16 points and 6 assists. How did he follow that up?

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Cards in the NBA Summer League: 7/5/14


Be sure to check out over the next few weeks to keep up with how the former Cards are doing in the NBA Summer Leagues. When all the games are done for the day (with former Cards in them), we will update you on how they did for that day.

Today the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic played, which meant we kept an eye on Peyton Siva and Luke Hancock. Siva had a really good game, but Hancock not so much.

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NBA Summer League will be very important for Peyton Siva

Photo: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Summer League’s are always exciting because you have guys out there fighting for a job. If you see a game, you may see about 10-20 people watching on the sidelines, so it may not look like the games mean much. But those guys are out there battling for a roster spot. That will be the case this summer for former Louisville Cardinal Peyton Siva with the Detroit Pistons. Although he played well coming down the stretch last season in Detroit, his contract is not guaranteed, so he is essentially playing to make the team.

In this article by, they write that Siva should have plenty of opportunity to make his case, as Spencer Dinwiddie ruled out for the summer. Dinwiddie was drafted by the Pistons this year in the 2nd round, and he is a 6’6 point guard that played at Colorado. This is from the article:

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Alhaji Mohammed: Champion Again


noun: champion; plural noun: champions
a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, especially in sports.
synonyms: winner, titleholder, defending champion


Alhaji Mohammed is all of the above once again. Last night he led his team to his second consecutive Romanian league championship. He led the way with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the back to back to champions from Ploiesti. Alhaji, a proud University of Louisville Cardinal, was a part of the past two. Most people don’t know that Alhaji is around the city for most of the summer and does a lot for the community. In my opinion, he has also been key with the development of Preston Knowles, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith as he works out with them all summer and they respect and look up to him. They have a strong bond between them, he refers to them as his Thundercats. This is the tenth year overseas for Alhaji and he hopes the titles aren’t done yet.


We at CSZ also want to congratulate Alhaji on another winning season and hope for many more as well.

Here’s the video that everyone loves featuring Alhaji:


Luke Hancock Skills Academy Camp at Floyd Central High School

Luke Hancock





3 Great Sessions

Session 1

Thurs., June 12th

(12p.m.-4p.m.) – $50

Session 2

Mon. & Tues., June 23rd & 24th

(12p.m.-4p.m. Two days of camp) $100

Session 3

Sat., June 21st

(12p.m.-4p.m.) $50


For (Boys & Girls) 2 Groups!

4th-7th grade and 8th-11th grade

All four days – $175






Shooting Technique

Ball Handling

One on one moves

Elite Passing Skills

Game Strategy

Competitive Game Situations

Attack Dribbles

Defensive Footwork



Daily Instruction from Luke and other top tier coaches

Luke Hancock Elite Skill Academy T-Shirt

Personal photograph opportunities and autographs from Luke and other surprise lecturers

Checks made out to Whiterock Dental Lab. Mail to: 6575 Old Vincennes Road, Floyds Knobs, IN 47122 (812-542-3006)

Meet Peyton Siva and Luke Hancock

Two of the all time Cardinals, Peyton Siva and Luke Hancock, will be at Tin Roof in Louisville (3921 Shelbyville Rd) on May 7th. Get out and show these guys some love! #L1C4

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Peyton Siva sparks Pistons’ 4th quarter comeback

Check out this video with Peyton Siva highlights from Saturday’s game between the Pistons and Celtics. The Celtics had a 19 point lead early in the game, and Peyton Siva brought a lot of energy on the court and sparked a comeback. Siva finished with 3 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals in 15 minutes.

Basketball Video: The End Of An Era

Well this video is just awesome. Great job by Evan Westendorf.

Russ Smith and the UofL Record Books Entering the NCAA Tournament



Entering the NCAA Tournament game vs Manhattan

Career Scoring Leaders

1. Darrell Griffith – 2,333

2. DeJuan Wheat – 2,183

3. Pervis Ellison – 2,143

4. Reece Gaines – 1,945

5. Russ Smith – 1,856

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