Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rick Pitino Says Kevin Ware is Still Not Cleared to Play

Rick Pitino delivered a new rundown of his players this afternoon on One note that has Louisville fans uneasy is Pitino's statement that freshman Kevin Ware has still not been cleared to play (presumably by the NCAA).

Here is an excerpt of Pitino's comments:

Kyle Kuric - The king is consistent and hard working. Has improved his handles. Smart, tough, and versatile .

Luke Hancock - Going to be terrific in our system. Triple threat offensive player. This year sitting out will be great for him. Just love his potential.

Mike Marra - Working hard on his one-on-one moves. Lack of balance is his enemy. Sways left on his jump shot. Great person who is working extremely hard.

Jared Swopshire - Had his first individual in over a year. His toughest road block will be mentally overcoming his injury. Will be ready by October 14th. We need him.

Chris Smith - Hard worker who has to fill in for Preston as a defensive stopper. We are working on his passing skills as he may need to play some back up point.

Angel Nunez - The similarities to Francisco Garcia are striking. He doesn’t have Cisco’s affable personality yet but we will give it time. Potential is what he is all about. Maybe not strong enough especially on defense to contribute this year but his future is extremely bright. Smooth stroke and good rebounder. Can play multiple positions.

Kevin Ware - Still has not been cleared to play.

Pitino also mentions his dissatisfaction with changes that were made to his favorite watering hole in Saratoga:

As you get older, being positive is a must rather than the opposite. But when I walked into the Saratoga Race track for my annual golf tournament, I was shocked.

Imagine the Cheers Bar ripped out in Boston or PJ Clarks in Manhattan. Those favorite landmarks you like to visit. That’s just what happened in Saratoga. Every year I would have the same routine. A Bud Light and a hello to Spanky the bartender, who is also a high school coach, in the famous landmark at the Jim Dandy Bar. I was shocked to see the circular bar ripped out and the hundred plus year landmark torn apart. It is now a flat bar with tall cocktail tables. The room is a disaster, tradition flushed down the toilet. Whoever created this mess should have to immediately travel to Lexington for six months of studying with Barbara Ricke (interior design extraordinaire). What a mess -- will someone inform me who’s responsible so I can make them run suicides?!

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