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Peyton Siva signed autographs at Valhalla Golf Club today. (WDRB photo). Peyton Siva signed autographs at Valhalla Golf Club today. (WDRB photo).
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Life in the NBA can change in a heartbeat, something Peyton Siva learned last month when he tweaked his hamstring in a Summer League game, and was waived by the Detroit Pistons not too long after.

Siva said he left Detroit with good feelings, and didn’t doubt that he’d get another NBA opportunity. He was all smiles as he signed autographs and posed for pictures in the massive PGA Championship gift shop at Valhalla Golf Course on Sunday.

Siva says his hamstring is improving and he’s grateful for the chance he’s getting in Orlando.

“Detroit was a great experience for me, but now this gives me a chance to continue my journey somewhere else,” he said. “Now I get a chance to play with Orlando, so everything is working out.”

Siva chatted and posed for pictures with fans, letting them try on the NCAA championship ring he won with the Cardinals in 2013. You’re struck, if you watch for very long, how many just want to say a few words to him, or express gratitude for his role in the 2013 championship.

He said that he plans to live in Louisville during his off seasons, noting that, “Louisville has always been like home to me. We stay here during the summer. My wife is from here. We enjoy it a lot.”

Siva and his wife, Patience, are expecting their first child “anytime this month,” he said. “We’re on watch. It’s exciting.”

He said his health is improving and he’s looking forward to doing whatever the Orlando organization needs him to do.

“I’m doing a lot better,” he said. “My hamstring took a lot longer to get better than I thought it would, but I’m finally getting back on the court and running again, just looking forward to getting down to Orlando.”

As for golf, he said he’ll enjoy watching the PGA, but won’t be threatening to make a pro tour anytime soon.

“I’m not the best golfer, but I’m not the worst,” he said. “I can get it onto the free, but once I’m there, I suck.”

A few weeks from now, he’ll have a new child, and a new team as he gets back to his sport of choice.

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