Originally posted on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 6/21/12
At some point, Rick Pitino had to make the tough decisions.On a team plagued by injuries the past two seasons, the end of the bench often occupied by three, sometimes four or five players in street clothes. Among them players with persistent physical challenges, severely limiting their potential, depriving them of playing time. Rakeem Buckles The first to go was Elisha Justice. Then came Stephan Van Treese a couple of weeks ago. The latest transfer is Rakeem Buckles who will be going to Florida International University. Their time had passed them by, making them less relevant.During a recent University of Louisville baseball game, I recall Russ Smith and Buckles surrounded by youngsters in the concourse at Jim Patterson Stadium. Russ, because of his recent success, was the center of attention, the target of autographs from more than a dozen kids.No one seemed to recognize the friend who stood by politely to the side while Smith basked in the attention. He looked slightly familiar, p...
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