Bad Thing Happens To A Good Guy


Fans will never know just how good a player David Padgett could have been at the University of Louisville. The shocker of the day is that his college career is probably over, busted kneecap just when it appeared he was going to start enjoying basketball for a change.

Padgett has battled adversity since his sophomore year, playing through pain and undergoing five different surgeries. This one hurts for a number of reasons. He’s the kind of person you want to be successful in everything he does.

A memory that will last is the image of 6-foot-11 David jokingly extending his arms out over Koby, my then 8-year-old grandson, as he attempts to shoot a free throw at a Pitino basketball camp a couple of years ago. It’s one worth sharing as we try to digest the awful news. (Click on the photo to see a larger image.)

Good luck, David. We appreciate everything you have done, on and off the basketball court, and we’ll keep pulling for you.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Bad Thing Happens To A Good Guy

  • November 20, 2007 at 12:59 am
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    Might be a good thing to not have DP anymore. Doesn’t he know you can’t guard a free throw shooter? That’s probably a technical foul.

  • November 20, 2007 at 1:57 am
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    Not humorous.

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