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LouisvilleKY’s Ray Spalding Selected by Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Draft, Traded to Dallas Mavericks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ray Spalding, a junior forward for the University of Louisville last season, has been selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft with the 56th pick overall.  He was subsequently traded to the Dallas Mavericks. An All-ACC Honorable Mention selection, Spalding averaged 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds as a junior last season with 62 blocked shots and a team-high 54 steals.  A three-time All-ACC Academic team choice, he was sixth in the ACC and 54th in the nation in rebounding, averaging 8.7 per game — nearly double his average from his sophomore…


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Mayor Joins NBA Legend Allan Houston to Launch New Louisville Ky Collaboration

LOUISVILLE, KY – On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, NBA Legend Allan Houston will partner with Mayor Greg Fischer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Metro Parks and Recreation, the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, EverFi, Inc., and special guests to launch the Allan Houston Mentoring Initiative, an ongoing mentoring program designed to pair positive role models with youth facing adversity throughout the city of Louisville.  Through this collaborative approach to youth development, the Allan Houston Mentoring Initiative will provide participants with structured activities and clinic-style basketball workshops twice a week, along with access to a digital African American History…


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It’s getting closer! Tickets for University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Scrimmages on Sale Sept. 2

From gocards.com LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will compete in a pair of public Red-White intrasquad scrimmages in the KFC Yum! Center in October on Oct. 3 and 17.  Game times will be set when the Cardinals’ football games on those days are determined so as not to conflict with each other. Tickets, priced at $10 each, will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from…


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Louisville, Seattle, Sacramento and the NBA

HoopsWorld NBA Editor Steve Kyler, a man in the know about the NBA, wrote an interesting piece on July 31 suggesting that the Sacramento Kings are all but done in their current hometown when their arena lease expires at the end of next season, meaning they will need a new home for the 2013-14 season.  This saga has been ongoing for almost two years now and in November 2010 served as the impetus for five young Louisville basketball fans to start a Facebook page called Bring the Sacramento Kings to Louisville, which between it and a sister page called Bring…


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Oklahoma City Thunders into NBA Finals; Louisville Watches

Last year’s NBA Finals brought an interesting global story line to the table, with German Dirk Nowitzki leading the Dallas Mavericks over the Miami Heat, coached by Filipino-American Erik Spoelstra. When this year’s NBA Finals tip off on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, it will be a David-and-Goliath story:  small market versus big city.  The Oklahoma City Thunder, young (average starter age of 24.6) and organically constructed (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka all drafted by the organization) versus the Miami Heat, veteran laden (average starter age of 29.2) and the product of a record $327.7 million…


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One and Won. Slice it how you like, the Cats ride high to NCAA Championship

Our weekend started out with some good old fashioned UL vs. UK smack talk amongst friends leading up to Friday’s matchup. We endedwith a good old fashioned, highly athletic and dramatic basketball game and a CATS championship. But the trip was much more than that, it was a lesson in defending stereotypes, teams and leadership styles of coaches. Love him or hate his past, Calipari is doing his job as one heck of a basketball coach, and we , the Big Blue Nation expect nothing less. As I learned all this week, we have a lot to be thankful for,…


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Donaghy’s Disturbing Tell-All Talk at IF

Tim Donaghy has plenty of shocking truths to tell about his fall from grace as an NBA referee.  It was shocking for many in the Idea Festival audience Friday to hear how Donaghy won 80 percent of his bets on NBA games using his knowledge of injuries, players, owners and coaches. It was shocking to learn that he wasn’t just making bets for himself, but was feeding his info to the mob, and that he’d get a couple grand for every pick he gave them, which amounted to more than 100 NBA games. It was shocking to hear how he…


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Big Expectations Come With Siva’s Captain Rank

Coach Rick Pitino dropped a small bombshell this morning. He announced this season’s team captains to be the squad’s only seniors Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith; but also named Junior Peyton Siva to the role. Pitino cited Siva’s “unparalleled” leadership for the change in protocol. Rick usually reserves the captain status for Seniors. The progression of Siva only adds to the building hype behind what many believe will be his breakout season. The point guard was ranked second and fourth in the Big East last year in steals and assists respectively. He played excellently in the Bahamas, and will be…


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Artis Gilmore — Hall of Famer

Thanks to Billy Reed for these great memories of Artis Gilmore and the Kentucky Colonels. Gilmore was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame this week, along with Rex Chapman, Bunny Daugherty, Ed Kallay, Jerry May, Phil Roof and George Tinsley. Special thanks to Catholic Sports Net. by Billy Reed LOUISVILLE – At a Kentucky Colonels reunion before Artis Gilmore’s induction into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, the biggest man in the room sat quietly in a corner, listening and laughing as old friends and former teammates told stories, some of which may have even been truthful, about…


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NBA is a Done Deal for Pizza Guys

Ready for the Louisville Pizza? J. Bruce Miller announced last night that in secret talks with NBA commissioner David Stern, he’d reached an agreement to bring the New Orleans Hornets to Freedom Hall this fall. And Miller revealed that his huge investment group – the one he said could buy the whole league if it wanted to — was actually local rich guys John Schnatter and David Novak. “These are top-secret deals, and I had to provide a cover story for John and David until we got it done,” Miller said. “So I made up the story about the foreign…