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BOZICH | Russ Smith arrives in D-League with blog about making good decisions

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It's a stretch to say the Sports Illustrated cover jinx has hit former Louisville guard Russ Smith, but I'm making the jump.

How?

The cover story in SI this week is about former Kentucky center Anthony Davis, now a star for the New Orleans Pelicans. Smith is pals with Davis. He was quoted in the story when the two were hanging out, watching video at Davis's house.

They were teammates – until Friday.

The Pelicans announced that Smith has been sent to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Developmental League. He needs more playing time, according to this story at FoxSports. Smith had only earned 11 minutes while playing in three games this season. He is expected to play Saturday night in Canton, Ohio.

How did Smith responds to the news?

By posting this interesting blog post about the most important decisions he has made in his life. (Click here.)


Smith wrote that the three most important decisions he made were deciding to attend Archbishop Molloy High in New York, taking a scholarship at the University of Louisville and then returning to U of L for his senior season after helping the Cards win the NCAA title in 2013.

Smith is expected to join the team in Canton, Ohio Saturday night. The Mad Ants have two former first-round picks -- John Jenkins of Vanderbilt and Adreian Payne of Michigan State -- on their roster.

It happens. In fact, I went to the D-League web site and found nine other former Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana players already in the league. Let's call the roll.

LOUISVILLE

Earl Clark, Rio Grande Valley, 27.0 ppg – There are rumblings that Clark will be returning to one of his former NBA teams – the Lakers – soon. Not a bad reward for a guy who ranks third in the league in scoring and has the skills to be back in The Association.

Peyton Siva, Erie, 13.1 – Siva is playing the way Siva plays – distributing the basketball (8.3 assists) but making only 44 percent of his shots. Siva and former Ohio State star Aaron Craft are tied for fourth in the league in assists. Siva needs what he had in Louisville – a coach who truly believes in him.

Chane Behanan, Rio Grande Valley, 5.7 – It's tough being in the D-League, but it's even more difficult when you're playing 9.3 minutes per game. That's how much clock Behanan is getting.

KENTUCKY

Doron Lamb, Texas, 19.4 – The Orlando Magic have already given up on Lamb, but if he keeps making 40 percent of his three-point shots, another team will give him a longer look.

Marquis Teague, Oklahoma City, 13.3 – Teague is another former first-round round selection who is looking for love in what would be his senior year in college. He's still shooting less than 40 percent and averaging less than five assists per game.

Ramon Harris, Fort Wayne, 9.3 – Give credit to Harris. He's still trying to grind on the strength of his rebounding and willingness to defend.

Eloy Vargas, Los Angeles, 6.8 – Vargas is going to need to play more than 21 minutes per game to impress people with his numbers.

INDIANA

Christian Watford, Maine, 14.3 – Watford was never known for his rebounding with the Hoosiers. That's why his rebound average – better than 7 per game – is surprising for the first seven games.

Robert Vaden, Bakersfield, 5.2 – Look, there's a Mike Davis guy in the house. Vaden, who finished his career at UAB, is still trying to make it on the strength of his three-point shot.

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