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Category Archives: Cards in the NBA

Cards in the NBA: December 8th

Welcome back to another (late) edition of Cards in the NBA! No wasting time here, lets get into it!

*All stats accurate through games played through December 7th

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes Per Game): 17.1

PPG (Points Per Game): 6.9

APG (Assists Per Game): 1.3

RPG (Rebounds Per Game): 4.6

SPG (Steals Per Game): 0.6

BPG (Blocks Per Game): 0.1

TPG (Turnovers Per Game): 1.0

FG%: 52.1

3P%: 22.7

FT%: 75.6

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Donovan Mitchell, You Have Yourself A Night

Last night, the Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-108 and rookie Donovan Mitchell put on a show.

Mitchell dropped 41 points in the matchup. The Pelicans could not find an answer for Mitchell… Not even Boogie Cousins, who Donovan basically ate for dinner.

Mitchell became the first rookie since Blake Griffin to drop 40 points in a game. He also set the Jazz rookie record, previously held by none other than Dr. Dunkenstein himself, Darrell Griffith.

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Cardinals in the NBA: November 22nd

Ladies and gents, its time to see how our former Cardinals are faring in the NBA!

*Stats are accurate through games played November 21st

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes Per Game): 15.1

PPG (Points Per Game): 6.3

APG (Assists Per Game): 0.9

RPG (Rebounds Per Game): 4.6

SPG (Steals Per Game): 0.4

BPG (Blocks Per Game): 0.1

TPG (Turnovers Per Game): 0.9

FG%: 46.9

3P%: 27.3

FT%: 78.1

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Donovan Mitchell Surprises His Mom With A Big Gift

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As if UofL fans needed another reason to adore Donovan Mitchell. Donovan surprised his mother with a new Audi SUV yesterday. As you will see in the video below from ESPN via Donovan’s Instagram account, she was taken aback and loved her gift from her son.

UofL has been blessed to have outstanding young men join our sports programs and school the last few years and Donovan is proving to be another great one on the basketball court and off of it. It’s always nice to see an athlete with a heart like Donovan Mitchell.

Cards in the NBA: November 8th

Welcome back everyone, its time to check in on how our beloved former Cards are doing in the NBA! (stats will be accurate through November 7th)

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes per game): 15.4

PPG (Points per game): 6.8

APG (Assists per game): 1.1

RPG (Rebounds per game): 5.0

SPG (Steals per game): 0.3

BPG (Blocks per game): 0.2

TPG (Turnovers per game): 0.8

FG%: 50.0

3P%: 25.0

FT%: 76.9

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Cardinals In The NBA: October 24th

One of my personal favorite sports began last week, as the NBA began its 72nd season. Make sure to stay tuned to the site as every Tuesday I will be bringing you guys updates on how our former Cardinals are doing in the NBA! *Stats are through games played by 10/23/17

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes per game): 13.7

PPG (Points per game): 4.0

APG (Assists per game): 1.3

RPG (Rebounds per game): 3.7

SPG (Steals per game): 0.3

BPG (Blocks per game): 0.0

TPG (Turnovers per game): 1.3

FG%: 30.8

3P%: 33.3

FT%: 60

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Cards Come Forward And Show Love To Jurich

 

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Today was one of the hardest days in Louisville Athletics history. The decision to place Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich on leave, has not come without much backlash. Nobody is hurting more right than the current players, but the former players are not far behind. Here is what some of the former and current cards have come forward to say.

Players Show Support For Pitino

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Some of the current and former players of the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team, have come forward to show the world what Rick Pitino meant to them.

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Rick Pitino Comments On One And Done Rule

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Rick Pitino has never been shy to share his opinions on the one and done rule that the NCAA and NBA have put in place. It is just not for him. But Coach Pitino has met with Marty Smith with ESPN and mentions that he believes the one and done will be a thing of the past within the next two years. You can see the full interview below.

Rick Pitino Is The Celebrity Guest Picker

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The celebrity guest picker for today’s ESPN College Gameday is the University of Louisville’s men’s basketball coach, Rick Pitino!

Louisville Basketball Schedules Pro Day

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The University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team has scheduled their very first Pro Day for October 7th as reported by Evan Daniels with Scout.com. It will be divided up into two practices and head coach Rick Pitino has already said they will be extremely athletic practices. He also believes he has 5 or 6 legitimate first round picks coming off this year’s team. The Cards are ranked 6th heading into the season by CBS Sports.

 

UofL Athletics Sends Supplies To Harvey Victims

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University of Louisville student-athletes will be loading a semi-truck full of Louisville athletic apparel to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Here at Cardinal Sports Zone, our thoughts and prayers are still with everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

UofL Bookstore To Host Donovan Mitchell Autograph Session

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It was announced today that Donovan Mitchell will be at the UofL Bookstore signing autographs on September 16th. The exact time should be announced in the coming days!

Russ Smith Is Not Giving Up On NBA Dream

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Russ Smith had an incredible season this summer in China. He averaged 61.2 points, while adjusting to the rougher style of play. Now he has signed to play in China’s highest league, but his ultimate goal has not changed. He still wants to end up in the NBA. Dennis Chambers with Basketball Insiders sat down with Russ Smith to talk about how life is going.

http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-russ-smith-is-trying-to-score-his-way-back-into-the-nba/amp/

 

Why The Chicago Bulls Should Take A Chance On Russ Smith

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It is no secret that the Chicago Bulls are not going to be very good this season. They may actually compete for the worst team in the NBA. Russ Smith on the other hand is coming off a mega season over in China. Ya know, that one where he was averaging 61.9 points a game. Bryce Fields with Real Ball Insiders, wrote about why the Bulls picking up Russ would be a win-win.

Ps. Most of them are reasons UofL fans have been screaming at scouts since our beloved Russ graduated.

UofL Men’s Basketball To Hold NBA Pro Day This Fall

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Rick Pitino announced today that the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball program will hold its first NBA Pro Day this fall. While a date is still up in the air, Pitino does expect to have all 30 NBA teams represented at the workout. With Adel, Spalding and Mahmoud  all being on the draft radar currently, and King, Bowen and Williams expecting to get attention quickly into the season, it makes perfect sense. The Cardinals are projected to have the number 1 schedule again this year and Pitino feels this will give the young Cards an opportunity to get used to that pressure.

Donovan Mitchell And Mangok Mathiang Autograph Sessions This Weekend

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Courtesy of the Courier Journal

CARDS FANS! Come to Charlie Wilson’s THIS SATURDAY to get your autograph and photo taken with former UofL basketball greats AND future NBA all stars Donovan Mitchell & Mangok Mathiang!
When: Saturday, August 26 from 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: Charlie Wilson’s Appliance, TV & Mattresses in Clarksville (one autograph per person please)

Donovan Mitchell and Mangok Mathiang will also be at Dicks Sporting Goods at Oxmoor Mall this Saturday from 2-4 PM signing autographs. Stop by and say hi to these former Cardinals.

Russ Smith Isn’t Giving Up On NBA Dream

 

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Russ Smith is currently playing in China, averaging 57.7 points per game. Let me say that again, Russ Smith is averaging 57.7 points per game in China. At one point this year, he was averaging 61.2. That is just flat out RussdiculousYet somehow, the NBA scouts aren’t taking much notice. Russ sat down with YARON WEITZMAN  of Bleacher Report and talked about the rollercoaster he has been on since he graduated from the University of Louisville. You can read the full article below, and let us know when you think Russ will finally get the respect he deserves. 

 

Montrezl Harrell Sent To Clippers In Chris Paul Trade

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This morning, the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets negotiated a blockbuster trade that sent super star point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets. Originally reported, in return the Clippers received the Rockets’ 2018 1st round pick, Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. But it is also apparent that power forward, and former Louisville Cardinal Montrezl Harrell was also included in the trade package.

Depending on the status of whether or not Blake Griffin decides to resign with LA, this could potentially mean an increase in minutes for Harrell, as he rarely saw the floor in Houston’s 2017 postseason. Harrell became a fan favorite while at Louisville due the frequency of his ferocious and high flying dunks, and was also a part of the 2013 National Championship team.

Interview With Donovan Mitchell

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Even as he was on the west coast preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft, former Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell was still able to find the time to sit down for an interview with myself on behalf of Cardinal Sports Zone, and talk about the draft as well as his time at Louisville.

Matt McGavic: Thank you for doing this interview, it’s a pleasure to get to talk to you even with your busy schedule. First of all, how excited are you to take the next step in your career?

Donovan Mitchell: I’m very excited. It’s definitely tough to make it to draft day, and I wouldn’t be there without what Louisville’s done for me, and being in that environment is awesome. I’m excited, I feel like I’m ready. I came out here to L.A. and started performing well, and I just feel like I’m ready to do this, ready just to be a pro and play against pros and take that next step.

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