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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. 

 

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Mangok Inks Deal with Charlotte Hornets

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Former Louisville center/forward Mangok Mathiang has agreed to a two-way deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer.

Mathiang, who played at Louisville from 2013-17, went undrafted last June but signed a Summer League deal with the team after the draft. Mathiang averaged 4.4 points and five rebounds in five games this summer, and had a stellar finish to his collegiate career (averaging 15.3 PPG and 7.5 RPG in the final four contests).

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Terry Rozier: Boston’s Unsung Hero

Since the playoffs started, the news and media have flocked to Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas and it’s no secret why. Any NBA fan can tell you Isaiah Thomas has been Boston’s best player since he arrived a little over 2 years ago. His breakout, MVP-like season had everyone in the league talking about the 5’9″ bulldog point guard that scores at will. Sadly, just before the opening round of the Celtics-Bulls series, Thomas’ younger sister passed away. His performances since then have been nothing short of spectacular.

Facing an 0-2 deficit against the Chicago Bulls, the Celtics needed more than just what Thomas was giving them. They needed help from role players, and no one has been more of a help than former-Cardinal Terry Rozier. Boston won 4 consecutive games to eliminate the Bulls. Terry scored 27 points in those 4 games and was often times Boston’s biggest contributor off the bench. Currently, the Celtics are up 2-0 on the Washington Wizards. Isaiah Thomas has dominated headlines scoring 33 and 53 points in games 1 and 2, respectively. Still, it was Terry’s solid all-around play that aided Thomas’ efforts.

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Settle Down Everyone, The Rules Have Changed

After seeing an overwhelming amount of freak outs about NBA Draft entries, I’d just like to clear the air and hopefully provide some calming insight on Louisville’s current situation.

Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Jaylen Johnson and what could likely be others, have decided to enter the NBA Draft. While reading that sentence may cause a panic, I can assure you that is very premature. With the NBA’s new rule, implemented only last year, undergraduates are allowed to “enter the draft” and still come back. “How can this be?”, you might ask. As long as the player doesn’t sign an agent, and pulls his name out before May 24th, he will not lose eligibility.

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NBA Team In Louisville? Bid Could Come As Soon As Christmas

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I have heard both sides of the debate over bringing a NBA team to Louisville.  I understand both sides and I have my opinion. My opinion no longer matters because the rumors are that expansion could be coming very soon, “I’ve heard that once the CBA is finished, the expansion bidding could be announced as soon as December or as late as the All-Star Game in February.”-Kevin Nesgoda. Seattle is rumored to be the most likely to get a franchise but Louisville is in the running and this article by Matt Moore of cbssports.com lays out the pros and cons of each city with a chance of landing an expansion team… Read the rest of this entry

Onuaku Gets Fully Guaranteed Three Year Deal

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“The Rockets reached agreement with second-round pick Chinanu Onuaku on a three-year, fully guaranteed deal, using their remaining cap space to come to terms on the kind of contract they hope will provide time to develop the 19-year-old center.” – Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle

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Big Kyle Kuric/NBA News

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Photo: facebook

Great news came out today in the Kuric camp as the following announcement was made on Twitter:

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Montrezl Harrell 2015 Summer League Highlights

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Photo: clutchfans.net

All you can really say is…AND 1!!!!! (Do you get a point for just yelling it?)

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Russ Smith 2015 Summer League Highlights

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Photo: youtube.com

Enjoy these Russ Smith highlights. That is pretty much a given though, right?

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Trez impresses in debut; Rozier scores 22 in NBA Summer League action

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NBA.com

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…

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Russ Smith hits shot to win Orlando Summer League

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Photo: youtube.com

Russ Smith continued his great summer with the Grizzlies on Friday afternoon in the Championship of the Orlando NBA Summer League. Not only did he have 15 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals, but he hit the game winning shot in double-overtime to win the league. It was his second game-winner this week.

Check out these videos of Russ in action. He hits a crazy three pointer, the game winner, and gets interviewed after the game.

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Cards in the NBA Summer League Update: Wednesday morning

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NBA.com

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

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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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Graphic of Louisville’s 22 First Round NBA Draft Picks

This is a pretty cool graphic that shows all 22 first round NBA draft picks in UofL history. We have only had one #1 pick and that was Pervis Ellison back in 1989. Three times, we have had two first round picks. 2009 was Terrence Williams and Earl Clark. 1994 was Clifford Rozier and Greg Minor. 1989 was Pervis Ellison and Kenny Payne. A lot of history and great players all on one picture here. As always, Go Cards!

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Wayne Blackshear will play summer ball with the Spurs

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Wayne Blackshear will get his opportunity to make an NBA roster. His agent confirmed that Blackshear has gotten a spot on the summer league roster with the San Antonio Spurs.

Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal has more:

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Terry Rozier: Biggest Winner at NBA Draft Combine?

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The NBA Draft Combine was held over the last few days in Chicago, and Terry Rozier seems to have helped himself a lot with his draft stock. Sam Vecenie of CBSSports.com made a list of three players that helped themselves and three people that hurt themselves.

I don’t think he put it in any particular order, but he did list Terry Rozier first. Here is what he had to say.

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Montrezl Harrell Q&A at NBA Draft Combine

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Former Louisville Cardinal Montrezl Harrell met with some media members on Friday in Chicago while at the NBA Draft Combine. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal has transcribed his interview, and you can check that out right here. This is about half of it, there will be a link at the bottom to read the rest of it.

How’s the draft process going so far?

It’s been a pretty smooth process. It’s definitely been a tough grind, switching from the college game to getting more prepared for the NBA, but it’s definitely been a smooth process.

What part of your game translates the easiest to the NBA?

Rebounding, playing with high energy and a high motor all the time during the game. I definitely feel like I can carry that over to the NBA and be able to play like that for the full length of the game.

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Terry Rozier Q&A at NBA Draft Combine

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Terry Rozier is trying to improve his draft stock at the NBA Combine. During Thursday’s scrimmage, he had 13 points on 5-9 shooting, two assists, two steals, and one turnover. He met with the media afterwards for a little Q&A session. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal was there and here is how it went.

How do you feel about your workout today?

It was pretty good. I just wanted to start the day off … Got some shots up in front a lot of GMs and coaches. It felt good to get my motor back on and start it back up. I had fun.

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Russ Smith Being Traded From New Orleans?

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Photo: NOLA.com

It appears that Russ Smith may be making his way out of New Orleans and to…Memphis. Talk about a change in cities! Sorry Russ.

This is still in the works and is being reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. If you know much about Adrian, you know that he probably knows what you had for breakfast before you even wake up. He is THAT good on his information.

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DeMarcus Cousins Throws Marcus Smart Down

Some things never change. This guy makes millions of dollars, let that sink in.

And just for fun, here are a few more of his finest moments. What a professional!

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