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|Louisville Cardinals guard Russ Smith has a unique relationship with coach Rick Pitino.|
“It’s a pretty popular name, so I wouldn’t want to lose that,” the junior guard said. “Losing the perception would be cool. I want to make people say, ‘Oh, wow, Russdiculous changed.’” [...] Smith’s maturation continued when Pitino told him after a practice that of all the NBA scouts who have visited, none had asked about him.
“ ‘When do you want to reach the point where someone looks at you as a serious basketball player?’ ” Pitino said he asked Smith. “He says, ‘I’d like for it to happen now.’ I said, ‘You have to do these following things,’ and he’s been doing it.”