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 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
The Russ Smith Foundation, TBM and Sullivan’s Tap House have teamed up to form a charity basketball event in honor of Officer Nick Rodman, who was killed in the line of duty this past March. The event will feature the Metro City Stars, a team comprised of former Louisville players and prominent local figures up against a team of members of the LMPD, and will be hosted by Ballard High School this upcoming Saturday, June 24th at 6:30.
Metro City Stars Roster:
Russ Smith, Sr.
Peyton Siva, Jr.
We all know that Rick Pitino is amazing coach, after all, he is a Hall of Famer for a reason. Even though he probably has knees that would make Greg Oden and Derrick Rose envious, Coach Pitino showed us all that he has the mamba mentality on the court as well, and isn’t afraid to pull up a shot right in your face and make you look silly.
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“This is the kind of performance that defines the term “one-man orchestra” when it comes to basketball. Peyton Siva did every-freaking-thing to hand Alba Berlin a precious first victory in the Top 16. He came three boards short of a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and increased the number of possessions for his team with 5 steals. Essentially, he made his 4 turnovers look non-existent while he registered 35 points in the PIR evaluation system”
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You think Louisville Basketball has an offer season? Tell Coach G & the Louisville Cardinals that. During the summer months is when this team is made. Guys like Alhaji Mohammed, Russ Smith,Peyton Siva, Preston Knowles & others come home to better themselves then turn to the current team to test them. Here’s some footage of what they’ve been up to so far.
In 2001 I heard rumors that Rick Pitino would likely be the coach to replace Denny Crum. Ironically, it was said that Pitino was choosing between Michigan and Louisville. It was also said that ultimately he chose Louisville because Michigan was a football school and he didn’t want to play second fiddle to any other sport. Of course all of these ” somebody said” things were all rumors but I believed all of them. I judged Rick right off the bat. I know that’s not fair but I fell victim to the media perception of his larger than life ego and his all about me attitude.
Granted PK is not in the picture above, the other two are. Wayne Blackshear & Preston Knowles play for the same team in the ACB in Italy. This weekend they faced off with other former Cardinal Peyton Siva. Peyton lost the game but got to hang with the fam. (Picture below) Read the rest of this entry
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…
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.
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:
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.
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!
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:
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.
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:
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.