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CRAWFORD BLOG | Former Cardinals Ware, Dieng the subjects of new lengthy profiles

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A couple of popular former University of Louisville basketball players were the subjects of long feature profiles this week.

Sports Illustrated caught up with Kevin Ware. Now at Georgia State, Ware told the magazine that he wants to be remembered for more than the gruesome injury he suffered against Duke in the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight. 

Ware became an overnight celebrity (check out the mail he received from around the nation), but said all that notoriety came with a price.

He talked with SI reporter Thomas Lake about many subjects, his comeback, dealing with celebrity, and why he left U of L. Batting around all of the rumors over his dismissal for the team and much of the speculation over why he left, Ware in the end said he wanted to be treated like a normal player, and not with kid gloves.

RELATED: Eventually, Ware got the point at Louisville

“It got annoying after a while,” he told SI, “and I just really wanted to come home.”

The story presents a nice survey over time, and is worth a read.

The same can be said for this long Minnesota Post takeout feature on Gorgui Dieng, and his progress at the center spot for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Folks in Minneapolis have long since noticed what Dieng's fans in Louisville learned during his time here: He's not like other players. He's thoughtful, and determined to drive himself to be better.

Britt Robson's story in the Post notes that Dieng's salary ranks 11th on the roster, but his value to the team ranks near the top. He breaks down's Dieng's 18-point, 12-rebound, four-block performance against San Antonio's Tim Duncan, and does a good job of outlining the good and the bad.

Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton says in the story, “I think he competes as hard as anyone in the league.”

Dieng said: “Ten years ago I wasn't even playing basketball. Now I am in the NBA.” In response to questions about him needing to get bigger and stronger, he replies, “I don't need to be 270, 280 pounds. I can be 250 and be flexible and faster. Strong is not what I worry about. Getting stops is what I care about. I don't care about scoring, but if somebody scores on me, that's when I get upset.”

RELATED: Dieng was Louisville's philosopher in the paint

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