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Donovan Mitchell Throws Major Shade At Ben Simmons

Is it Rookie of the Year or Shade Thrower of the Year??

Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons are in a head to head battle for the NBA’s coveted Rookie of the Year award. And neither are going down without a fight.

It’s been the biggest NBA feud we’ve seen since Russel Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Honestly, Donovan and Ben’s feud is highly entertaining.

The two have taken shot after shot. If it were a three-point contest, Simmons would be hitting 0%.

Simmons did an interview earlier in the week in which he stated he should 100% get the Rookie of the Year award. I mean, he has a good case. But, then, Simmons threw some MAJOR shade saying nobody else is even close.

Excuse me, sir, but, there’s this dude in the Western Conference tearing it up.

Donovan Mitchell clapped back with the following tweet:

But, on Tuesday evening, Donovan threw storm cloud level shade. The TRUE rookie walked into the arena with a clear message on his hoodie.

He ain’t play. And we’re all here for it.

* insert popcorn gif here *

Edit:

How do you watch this clip and not love Donny Buckets??

Draymond Green Says Donovan Mitchell Should Get Rookie Of The Year

It’s been a heated Rookie of the Year battle between Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell.

Simmons and Mitchell are the two clear front runners for the award. Some say both should get the award.

But, Draymond Green thinks Donovan Mitchell is the true ROY.

Donovan thanked Draymond by ending his career.

I only hope he yelled, “THAT’S FOR RUSS,” when Draymond hit the floor.

Russ Smith Talks NBA Hopes, G League, Success In China & Louisville

Former Louisville guard, Russ Smith, joined Alex Kennedy on the HoopsHype podcast.

Russ discusses his hopes to play in the NBA, his success in the G League and China, Louisville’s Title and Coach Pitino.

Listen to the full podcast below.

Nunnsense | How Does The Rest Of The World View Louisville?

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Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich, Andre McGee, Katina Powell, Chuck Smrt, Dr. Postel, David Padgett and Vince Tyra are all names associated with the University of Louisville that have dominated the media over the last 2 years. For better or worse these are the facts.

For the majority of the people who read this, you all know almost everything that has happened in full detail. We all can have differing opinions on who should still have a job and who should have been fired – I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with is how the rest of the sports world views the University in athletics and as a whole.  Read the rest of this entry

The Front Paige: From Ah, Hell to All Hail

It’s no secret; the University of Louisville has not had the brightest days in recent years.

Both the university and athletics have been through the wringer. Scandal after scandal. Front page ESPN news and bottom screen tickers. It’s been extremely rough and extremely public.

Since October 2015, the university has had a dark cloud hanging over it.

Fans have been mocked. The beloved University of Louisville went from being seen as a national renowned institution to almost losing accreditation.

From alleged stripper parties to mismanagement of university funds, a lack of transparency to an over zealous Governor who wants absolute control; the university has suffered.

However, the tides are changing. The clouds are parting and the storm is starting to pass.

Let’s just reflect on the last week.

  • Louisville Men’s Swimming & Diving finished ninth at the NCAA Championship – a team best.
  • Marcelo Acosta was named an All-American.
  • Louisville Football hosted Pro Day that was broadcast on the NFL Network.
  • Louisville Women’s Basketball won the Lexington Regional and earned a spot in the Women’s Final Four.
  • Asia Durr was named the Lexington Regional Most Outstanding Player.
  • Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen we’re named AP All-Americans.
  • Vince Tyra was named the permanent Athletic Director.
  • Chris Mack was named the head coach of the Louisville Men’s Basketball team.

It’s starting to feel like the good ol’ days again.

For months it has felt like a never ending cycle of bad news. Hit after hit. The reputation of the university has been tarnished by a few rogue employees.

We lost a lot; respect, admiration, a Hall of Fame head coach and a top notch Athletic Director.

“They say the darkest clouds elicit the brightest lightning bolt. That lightning bolt is coming” – Coach Chris Mack

During his introductory press conference, Louisville head coach Chris Mack delivered the message all Louisville fans needed to hear…

He’s going to work his ass off to make the fans proud of Louisville Basketball again.

While yesterday signaled the end of the Pitino Era, it marked the beginning of a new era. An era that is scary, uncharted. An era that is exciting.

Louisville took a punch to the gut when the NCAA took the Final Four and National Championship banners. But, like Muhammad Ali, we got back up and kept fighting.

We are resilient.

And under Coach Mack, we will return to our rightful spot at the top of college hoops.

Rick Pitino Is Ready To Work Again

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Rick Pitino has announced he has hired an agent to help him with his next career move. This comes about 5 months after he was fired from the University of Louisville and just a few weeks after stating that he was “dead in the water” when it comes to coaching. Only time will tell if someone can look past all of the scandals tied to his name.

 

 

Coach Pitino Releases Statement On Ongoing FBI Investigation

At the end of his statement regarding the vacation of the 2013 National Championship, former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino offered a typed statement concerning his involvement in the ongoing FBI “pay-for-play” investigation.

Video: Coach Pitino Responds To NCAA Ruling

Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino spoke to the media in New York City about his thoughts on the NCAA vacating the 2013 Championship.

RAW VIDEO: Former U of L coach Rick Pitino calls NCAA ruling ‘unjust’

UofL Loses NCAA Appeal

 

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Today, it was announced that UofL lost their appeal against the NCAA. The program faces four years of probation going forward, and must vacate the records from the 2010-14 seasons, which could include 123 victories, two Big East Conference Championships, and an American Athletic Conference championship. The school will be ordered to return its financial shares from four NCAA Tournaments.

This is devastating news for the fan base, former players and the university as a whole. As this means UofL will not be listed as the 2013 National Champions in the record book moving forward or have been to the 2012 Final Four.

Nonetheless, April 8, 2013 will forever be remembered as the day the University of Louisville won their third National Championship.

While moral victories are difficult to accept, there are plenty of things the NCAA can never take away from us. We all remember watching Luke Hancock winning MOP after hitting three after three after three. Tim Henderson put the dagger through Wichita State’s heart. The sound of the crowd when Trezl put down one of the best dunks we have ever witnessed. Or the heart and leadership of Peyton Siva and the insane way Russ Smith would move through defenders. The brotherhood that shined after Kevin Ware suffered a broken leg in the Elite 8.

I know I stood there with tears down my cheeks as that final buzzer went off, hugging my friends and fellow students and soaked in that moment. The NCAA can never take that moment from me.

The 2013 team was and remains special. That is something NOBODY can take from us.

Padgett Sits Down With CBS’s Jon Rothstein

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Coach David Padgett sits down Jon Rothstein to discuss multiple topics from Rick Pitino’s influence on him as a coach to how this year’s team has preformed. This is a very good listen!

Donovan Mitchell Named To 2018 Rising Stars Team

Donovan Mitchell has been selected to participate in the 2018 Mt. Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge for Team USA.

The game pits 10 first or second year players from the US against 10 first or second year players from around the world.

The game will air on TNT as a part of NBA All Star Weekend on February 16th at 9PM EST (7PM MT).

Nunnsense | Year In Review – Plus Top 10 Photos Of 2017

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Well, we made it through another calendar year – and what a year it’s been.

Lets’s look back at some of the Nunnsense posts over the year and I’ll point out where I was right, and where I was wrong. We can also look at some of the most viewed posts as well as my top 10 favorite pictures of the year.
We started off the year with interviewing 3 of the 2017 men’s basketball class…

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Pitino Upset Over Papa John’s Comments

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Rick Pitino once said that when the time came it was time for him to move on from UofL, he would walk away quietly. With no surprise, that doesn’t seem to be the case. He has now came out and said that he didn’t feel he had support anymore at UofL and that Papa John’s comments hurt his feelings.

Nunnsense | Give Padgett A Chance

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This week’s edition is more of a rant rather than an informational, educational, entertainment or editorial piece.

I’ve had all I can take of the negative talk and bashing of our current men’s basketball coach. I don’t get on the message boards because I can only take so much before I call out people’s ignorance but I do get on Facebook and Twitter and that’s enough for me.  It seems that after every game, I see many people complaining about this team, their performance and especially their coach. It’s a bad look and Lord knows we don’t need anymore of that.

It is my belief that most of these people are diehard Rick Pitino fans. I get that some of you will back Rick to the day you die but this isn’t about him. This is about the University of Louisville. Nobody is bigger than the University, – not me – not you – not Rick – not Tom – not Dr. Postel – NOBODY! It’s time to move on and put all of this behind us. Support the school you love unconditionally. But we can’t do that if we are divided.

That’s why we can’t have people calling out our basketball coach after just a few games. I understand the frustration and I believe it’s OK to call out the coaches, who get paid a lot of money, if they are not performing up to their pay grade but at least give coach Padgett a chance. Read the rest of this entry

Kevin Willard Has No Love For UofL

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Now that it is December, we have found our first Grinch of the holiday season. His name is Kevin Willard. Willard was an assistant to He Who Shall Not Be Named (Pitino) from 2001-2007 and even recruited David Padgett. While he compliments how well David has handled everything the past few months, he also mentions that he has no emotional attachment to UofL since Pitino and Jurich are both gone. We also can’t fully blame him, he has been gone for a while. Either way, Sunday should be fun when Seaton Hall visits the Yum! Center at 4.

Pitino UofL For Breach Of Contract

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Today, former head coach Rick Pitino announced he will be suing the University of Louisville athletic association for a breach of contract. He is looking for over $35 Million. In a statement released through his lawyer he is claiming his contract was breached when he was suspended and ultimately fired. Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal helps break it down below.

Adidas Fires Back At Pitino

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Adidas has come forward and asked a judge to dismiss Pitino’s case against the company. They have no new evidence, but they stand by the original findings and say that Pitino knew fully of the exchange of money to Brian Bowen’s family. It seems this is just the beginning of a very long, and ugly, battle.

Breaking: Louisville Parts Ways With Kenny Johnson

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The University of Louisville has parted ways with associate head coach Kenny Johnson.

The release was sent moments after the institution announced freshman Brian Bowen would not be eligible to compete for or practice with the men’s basketball team.

See the full press release below.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville has parted ways with associate head men’s basketball coach Kenny Johnson, terminating his employment per the provisions in his contract.  The university will have no further comment on this personnel matter.

Breaking: Brian Bowen Will NOT Play For Louisville

On Wednesday morning the University of Louisville announced Brian Bowen will NOT be eligible to compete for or practice with the institution’s men’s basketball program at any point in the future.

According to the press release, Bowen is eligible to transfer to another collegiate institution if he so chooses. It also states Bowen may choose to remain enrolled at the University of Louisville where he will continue to receive his athletics scholarship.

“Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled,” said UofL Interim Director of Athletics Vince Tyra.  “He has endeared himself to his teammates and the men’s basketball staff with a positive attitude during a very difficult period.”

The decision comes two months after the University of Louisville was implicated in an ongoing “pay-for-play” investigation conducted by the FBI.

Read the full press release below.

Top Ten Stories Of The Week At CSZ (11-18-17)

Here are the top 10 stories from this week here at CardinalSportsZone.com!

10 Pitino Releases Statement Following Latest FBI Accusations 

9 Lamar To Jaylen: #SCTop10

8 Lamar Jackson Highlights Vs Virginia

7 Lamar Back In The Heisman Rankings

6 Cardinal Forever, Damion Lee Gets Engaged

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