Dear Coach Rick Pitino,
It is truly hard to image entering the KFC Yum! Center and not, first hearing you, then seeing you on the sidelines. You have been the figure head of the University of Louisville’s basketball team for much of my childhood.
What has transpired the past few years under your reign, it breaks my heart. Whether you knew about the issues, that’s irrelevant at this point.
It has been hard to be a Louisville Basketball fan… The play on the court has been tremendous. Your play calling, flawless at its best. But, the constant harassment from other fan bases… It was hard.
The University of Louisville announced today that they will resume the basketball series with Western Kentucky University starting in 2018. The series was always nice to have on the schedule, you get a in-state school who is in an above average mid major conference. That is, until they threw punches at our boy Trezl and the series wasn’t renewed. It is good to see things have calmed down between the two programs and we can move forward with the games. UofL and WKU currently play in baseball every year and football will begin a series from 2018-2020.
Some fool tried to stop Montrezl from dunking. It didn’t end well for the fool. If Trez wants to dunk, Trez dunks. Watch this video Trez posted on his Instagram account of him dunking in one of the best streetball tournaments around.
***Caution – strong languages in video***
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.
The rims at Ballard High School are still there – Barely – No thanks to Montrezl Harrell. Saturday evening, the Russ Smith Foundation and TBM hosted an event at Ballard High School to benefit the family of Officer Nick Rodman who died in the line of duty. The charity basketball event was headlined by former UofL players like Montrezl Harrell, Terrance Farley, Luke Whitehead & Perrin Johnson, who were on the Metro City Stars team. They faced off against a team of officers from the LMPD. The Metro Starts were coached by Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum and 2013 National champion, Peyton Siva. Paul Rogers was the announcer and CSZ’s own Jeremy Wahman was the celebrity time-keeper. Other people of interest on the Metro Stars team were Russ Smith Sr, Steven Rummage (93.9 The Ville radio personality), Phil Morrison (Asbury), Matt Brown (Program director -93.1 the beat), Charles Franklin (Community Outreach director), Chris Pointer (UL/CSU) and organizer Tim Barnett (Nevada). The game was very friendly for a half. The LMPD officers took a 39-37 lead into halftime. In the second half things started heating up. There was a lot of trash talking as the game stayed very competitive. Highlighted by a few monster slams from Harrell and a few key free throws down the stretch, the Metro Stars pulled our a 81-75 victory. Read the rest of this entry
Here are some of the highlights from the last few days of the NBA Summer League from Las Vegas, Nevada. The highlights come from @UofLFanBase and are very well done.
Seemingly the former Cards have been doing work around all of the summer leagues. The Houston Rockets are no strangers to Cards on their team. Nanu & Trezl did some work yesterday. Enjoy this highlight reel from @UofLFanBase:
An article published by The Sporting News in June of 2015, talked about Louisville players in the NBA and the lack of staying power despite collegiate success. The article says “Terrence Williams, Samardo Samuels and Chris Smith had their shots. Peyton Siva, the point guard on that championship team, is stuck in the NBA Development League. Francisco Garcia, Pitino’s most successful NBA product, who played 10 years in the league, was waived by the Rockets this season. Of Pitino’s drafted players, three remain in the league: Gorgui Dieng in Minnesota, Russ Smith in Memphis and Earl Clark in Brooklyn. The latter two played a combined 158 minutes last season, while Dieng was a solid role player and occasional starter for the Timberwolves” The article was published prior to the 2015 NBA draft and it wasn’t trying to belittle Louisville but rather it was saying that Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier are the type of players that have staying power in the NBA and they are (as the title of the article states) hoping to rebuild the path to the NBA for Louisville players. Read the rest of this entry
Trez had another highlight reel dunk last night against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Here it is……
Here is a video of my favorite Trez dunks as a Cardinal. It was put together a year ago before the NBA draft. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
One of the most exciting athletes to come to the Ville in awhile is Donovan Mitchell. He wowed peopled in dunk competitions before he got to Louisville. We’ve had those guys before that did not pan out. Donovan is different. Alvin Sims, Marques Maybin, Twill could all dunk creatively. Chane and Trezl were just power dunkers, nothing wrong with that. I believe that Donovan could be the best dunker of all-time. Yes I know that is high praise but he is a great combination of creative and power. We were named the Dr’s of dunk for a reason. It’s in our DNA, it’s a legacy. Our guys at the ACC Digital Network created a compilation of dunks of just Donovan Mitchell that I think you will really like!
Since the beginning of time (or the 60’s) there has been one thing that can get a crowd going, It’s the slam dunk. Even when it was banned from college basketball from 67-76 due to the unfairness of it, they created a slam dunk contest because it was so beloved. It can cause a wide variety of results. It can facilitate a comeback all the way to putting the icing on the cake. At the University of Louisville it has been a beloved staple of our program. From the Doctors of Dunk to Alvin Sims to Montrezl Harrell to the dunking bird logo even, it shows that it is engrained into our DNA. Donovan Mitchell IS the next in a long line of dunkers and there is no doubt. Our good friends at the ACC Digital Network created their latest installment of Dunkuary last night featuring the Louisville Cardinals that was titled “The New Doctors Of Dunk” and it does not disappoint.
Now I wasn’t the biggest Montrezl fan in the world, and I make no secret about that. But I don’t exactly agree with the description on the video that says “Montrezl Harrell’s sudden meltown…”. Sudden meltdown? Oh you mean when three guys were standing over him like they were about to lynch him? Got it. I would probably “meltdown” too.
All you can really say is…AND 1!!!!! (Do you get a point for just yelling it?)
It was a nice night for former Cardinals in the NBA Summer League on Sunday, and a former Notre Dame player continued the tradition of getting dunked on by a Louisville player. Montrezl Harrell made his summer league debut, Terry Rozier led the Celtics in scoring, and Wayne Blackshear made the most of his minutes last night. Here is how they did…
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.
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…
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:
On our 4th of July edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville, Steve and I were joined in studio by fellow CSZ member Jeremy Wahman. We talked College Gameday sites, the running backs at UofL for 2015, Montrezl Harrell, and more. Click below to listen to the show and tune in on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. on 93.9 The Ville!
Even if things are a big deal, I usually downplay them and talk about why they aren’t. If everyone else gets riled up about a story, that is usually when I back away from it and just move on, to be different I guess. So I am not one to see something little and blow it out of proportion. But there has been something lately that just strikes me as “weird” I guess. The difference in Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell since the NBA Draft and the way that Rick Pitino has talked about each one has been very noticeable.