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"Hard Knock Life" by Jay Z
This song applies to Peyton Siva on the court and off the court. On the court Siva has had to deal with several injuries in his four-year career at Louisville. He has sustained a couple of concussions and has had several ankle issues. Last season Siva had to wear an MMA helmet during practices to keep his head safe.
He even gets hard criticism from college basketball writers who say he is too short and not good enough for professional basketball, at least not in the United States.
The senior point guard has also had a hard life. Siva grew up in a bad neighborhood in Seattle and had to deal with a father who suffered from alcohol and drug addiction. Once, when he was 13, Siva drove around looking his father, whom he found strung out on drugs with a gun in his lap. Peyton was able to talk his dad out of killing himself.
But with all of Siva's hardships, he keeps a smile on his face and carries himself on and off the court better than anyone in college basketball.
Coach Rick Pitino told Nicole Auerbach of USA Today:
Peyton is one of the top three players as people I've ever coached in my life—this is pro, college, 35 years. He is just a remarkable young man with everything he's been through in his life. He is just such a special young man, so considerate, so concerned about others, so willing to do what anybody asks him to do.