Originally posted on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 2/13/13
From all indications, Russ Smith isn’t comfortable as a team player. More comfortable in a lead role. Russ will continue to dazzle at times, scoring plenty of points, making awe-inspiring dunks, creating chaos for opposing guards on defense, with a few steals here and there, causing his fans to rant and rave. But he will also continue to be a ball hog, taking contested shots while ignoring open teammates.  Russ Smith will almost singlehandedly win some games, he will lose some games. He isn’t comfortable with anyone besides Peyton Siva handling the ball when the game is on the line. If Siva has fouled out, as he often does, so much the better for Russ Smith. He wants the ball in his hands, apparently not having much trust in his teammates. He may have reason to be insecure, with all the bobbling and fumbling that goes on under the UofL basket. But it’s not conducive to building unity and cohesion for a team with high post season aspirations. That’s a growing problem for Rick Pitino ...
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