—This Adam Himmelsbach longform piece on Terry Rozier and his relationship with his sister is a must-read.
There were days Tre’Dasia woke up and dreaded going to physical therapy. So Terry sometimes went with her. Once, the group was using dance steps to practice movement, and Terry shyly showed off his cha-cha. Sometimes he went along to her United Cerebral Palsy camp, even hopping into a pool to join the exercises.
“I couldn’t imagine how she must have felt sometimes, when she’s in her room and can’t go out and be a normal kid,” Terry said. “But she inspired me with how she handled things.”
The family never let Tre’Dasia’s condition serve as an excuse for what she could not do. She had always wanted to go roller skating, for example, even though that was not physically possible. So one day they put wheels on her walker and took off her sneakers, and she slid around the rink in her socks.
“I’ve never seen my disability as a limitation,” Tre’Dasia said. “I don’t even see myself as disabled, because anything I want to do, we find a way to make it happen, even if it’s a little different.”
When Terry went to the University of Louisville in 2013, Tre’Dasia was wary of burdening him with her problems as he chased his basketball dreams, so she sometimes hid them from him.
At one point she was having a procedure in which medicine was injected into her spine, and she needed a stomach pump inserted. There were complications when the pump was removed, and she ended up in an intensive-care unit for nearly two weeks. But Terry was not informed, and when he found out, he was furious.
“This is just basketball,” he told her. “You come first!”
After one Louisville game, Tre’Dasia had come down from the wheelchair-accessible area to the court with her family to see Terry. When it was time to leave, he put her on his shoulders to carry her back up the arena’s stairs. He was tired and still sweating from the game. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino asked if he needed assistance.
“Nah,” Rozier responded. “This is what I do.”
And up the stairs he went.
—The success of the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team has made Sin City a much more likely landing spot for the NBA, even with Seattle, Kansas City and Louisville also preparing for expansion.
—Dan McDonnell remains the man.
Louisville is the only team in Division I baseball to win at least 40 regular season games each of the past six seasons.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) May 19, 2018
—The KFC Yum Center is set to receive $350,000 in upgrades.
—I was just thinking about this game the other day.
Brian Kiser (1992-96)— Louisville Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) May 22, 2018
• Led Metro Conference in 3-point % as a junior (.458)
• Scored 656 career points (148 of 225 career FGs were 3s)
• Career-high 20 points in our first win at UCLA in 96, including game-winning 3-pointer
• CUSA Sixth Man of the Year Runner-Up as a senior pic.twitter.com/xIvVzseDDq
I cut out the headline from the next morning’s CJ (“‘Praise God,’ then ‘play defense’” — it was Kiser’s quote about what he thought after making the shot) and had it taped to my bedroom wall for years.
—The U of L women’s golf team capped the best season in school history with a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
—Kansas has fired its athletic director.
—The Preakness was a bigger television draw in Louisville than it was in Baltimore.
Top markets for NBC’s @PreaknessStakes telecast:— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) May 20, 2018
1 -- Louisville 15.2/30
2 -- Baltimore 14.9/31
3 -- Tampa 10.7/20
4 -- Washington, DC 10.3/23
5 – Ft. Myers 9.9/19
6 -- Buffalo 9.0/20
7 – Richmond 8.7/15
8 -- New Orleans 8.4/16
9 – Philadelphia 7.9/16
10 – Tulsa 7.7/15
—Johnny Manziel is headed to the CFL.
—The Chris Mack Basketball Camp now has its own official website.
—Mekhi Becton can still get up.
We do have a couple of roster spots available ...
—Jay Bilas says what the NCAA is doing to Brian Bowen is “absolutely unfair.”
—This is why you play for Jeff Walz.
—Jawon Pass is one of seven college football players with massive shoes to fill in 2018.
—Three-star defensive lineman Brandon Mack has Louisville in his final five.
—Brendan McKay was sensational in his pitching debut for the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
—Gary Parrish’s updated college hoops top 25 or next season includes seven ACC teams, but not Louisville.
—A birds eye view of the new PJCS expansion.
Our friends .@WLKY took a trip over PJCS today in the WLKY HD Chopper to see the progress on the stadium expansion. .@WLKYChopperBill @messerwearebldg @840WHAS @790KRD @CardsRadio #L1C4 #UofL #Louisville .@UofLFootball pic.twitter.com/ht9VgvMT54— Will Clark (@WClark840WHAS) May 21, 2018
—Stewart Mandel of The Athletic ranks Bobby Petrino as the 16th-best coach in college football.
16. Bobby Petrino, Louisville
The offensive guru has produced top 20 teams at three schools, most recently the Lamar-Jackson led 2016 squad that went 7-1 in the ACC. Granted, Petrino has yet to eclipse the nine-win mark in his four seasons at Louisville after reaching double digits in 2010 and ’11 at Arkansas.
Brad Stevens was No. 1.
—I’m going to guess that this Fiba Basketball story on Alex Nwora misquoted the man.
Are your kids also into basketball?
I have four kids. My first kid Jordan [Nwora] is a basketball player at Louisville Athletics. He has played under coach Bobby Petrino, who is one of the best in America and I respect him a lot. Jordan was voted one of the best shooters in 2017 and his abilities amazes me.
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