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CARDINAL INFLUENCE
INTERVIEW BY ALEXANDRA FENWICK
April 18, 2013
Louisville great Pervis Ellison talks passion, hustling and the wisdom of coaches
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April 18, 2013

Cardinal Influence

Louisville great Pervis Ellison talks passion, hustling and the wisdom of coaches

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PE You find yourself leaning on your experiences when you're coaching. I've got all the sayings from the John Wooden era because of Coach Crum [who coached Louisville from 1971 to 2001, played under Wooden at UCLA from 1956 to '58 and was a Wooden assistant after he graduated]. There's Wooden's "Be quick, but don't hurry," which means that speed is an advantage, but you don't want to make mistakes because you're going too fast. And Crum had a saying, "I don't want to see false hustle," which was his way of calling a player out for acting like they were working harder than they were. He'd say that all the time, so if you heard "false hustle," you knew you had to get it in gear because you'd be sitting on the bench.

SI How about Pitino?

PE What I took from him is preparation. There is nothing that he is not prepared for. You have to commend his staff because if you're working for Coach Pitino, you're working! You're earning that buck. If you're the video coordinator, oooh boy!

SI What's the Number 1 thing you teach kids who want to play professionally?

PE Hard work. I focus on making practices extremely difficult because I have never been in an environment where it's been easy. By that I mean that at the next level, you don't just run hard when you feel like you want to run hard. The coach expects you to be at 100 percent at all times. If you can't, you're not going to be an elite player.

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