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Charlie Villanueva: PS—Wanna say RIP Stuart Scott. I got a few chances to meet the man and he was full of life and passion. My brother, Rob C., actually worked with him at ESPN and he told me that the night I scored 48 points my rookie year Stu said, “Your brother can’t get 2 more? FIFTY sounds better on TV”. LOL. One of my close friends is also close with Stu and all he says is how genuine and golden the man was. RIP my man. Your legacy in sports and your fight will live forever, Boo-yah! Charlie Villanueva

January 10, 2015 Updates

Jimmy Spencer: JVG took a strong stand against the way the league is covered right now. He hates “sources,” and argued an owner can stop that. I disagree… Twitter @JimmySpencerNBA

January 8, 2015 Updates

It is too late for TNT to do anything about Thursday night's Rockets-Knicks game, but ESPN took action earlier in the day to reduce the number of Knicks games on its upcoming schedule. The network ditched three upcoming appearances for the currently 5-33 Knicks - against the Thunder Jan. 28, Nets Feb. 6 and Clippers March 25. Newsday

Normally this is where I'd make a couple of jokes, but I'm honestly a bit concerned about longtime Clippers play-by-play man Ralph Lawler, who announced much of the second half of tonight's blowout win over the Lakers like the clip above, in a barely understandable mumble. Clippers radio announcer Brian Sieman tweeted that it was just food poisoning, and Clippers PR told me the following: Ralph said he has been battling the flu all day and is not feeling well, but he wanted to tough it out and try to finish the game, which he did. Deadspin.com

January 7, 2015 Updates

Offering National Basketball Association games outside of traditional cable television packages is not an immediate risk to the league's profitability and could bring in new viewers, David Stern, NBA commissioner emeritus, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday. Dish Network announced at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas this week that it would offer ESPN and ESPN2 as part of a $20 per month streaming service. CNBC

The Knicks, in an effort to rebuild through the N.B.A. draft and free agency, appear to have officially given up on this season. They’re an unthinkable 5-32, and on Monday night they traded away J. R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, leaving a roster that might struggle against an N.B.A. Development League team. So the Sports department’s editors feel it is only merciful to give our Knicks beat writer, Scott Cacciola, a break from such woeful basketball. He deserves to see the game played at a higher level. For the next month or so, we would like to point him to some good, quality basketball, wherever it may be. Any suggestions? New York Times

January 5, 2015 Updates

David Aldridge: Stuart Scott died on Sunday, having decided it was time to do something better with his time than continue kicking cancer's ass. It was a virtuoso battle, having lasted several years. Cancer came at him three times, and he punched back, hard. He lived. He wasn't a victim of it; he soared above it. He was a friend, someone whose work I genuinely admired for its originality and passion. He had arrived at ESPN a few years before I did, having helped launch ESPN2 with Keith Olbermann and Suzy Kolber. Stuart and I worked together at ESPN for eight years, on the old NBA Today and NBA 2 Night shows, along with SportsCenter appearances. I cannot explain how generous he was with me on all of those shows, allowing me to shine for a minute or two as he was finding his own voice. NBA.com

Black people usually have to accept most everything in our country from the perspective of white people. The conventional wisdom of our society is almost always that of White America. When someone says "everybody knows that"... it's almost always what white people think everybody knows, or should know. What made Stuart so unique was that he was a broadcaster from a different place. He wasn't sardonic or laid back; he wasn't prosecutorial or grandiose; he was a black guy doing the sports. So he could drop a "what had happened was"... and every black person knew exactly what he was talking about. NBA.com

Suzy Kolber, the ESPN anchor who also began at ESPN2, says, "Stuart called me his TV wife, but we really were like a family, trying to launch this brand-new network and spending all this time together. Fortunately, some of us lasted longer than ESPN2 did. "When he went to ESPN, Stuart didn't change his style -- and there was some resistance. Even I encouraged him to maybe take a more traditional approach, but he had a strong conviction about who he wanted to be, and the voice he wanted to project, and clearly, he was right, and we were wrong." ESPN.com

Yes, he would reference Tupac, but he also would quote Shakespeare: "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." And occasionally, he would bust out his own poetry, as he did for this jam on Michael Jordan's 50th birthday on Feb. 17, 2013: the best ever ... a CLEVER phrase we OVERuse ... when mere greatness becomes our MUSE ... or artistic inspiration ... but the real celebration of "best ever" is an ENDEAVOR into MORE than GREAT! WAIT ... didn't you see the tongue wagging ...shorts baggy ... practically DRAGGING teammates to 1-nc2a ... 2-gold ... brotha I was sold when he won 6-NBA rings ... but the THING that makes "best ever" SING ... not scoring titles and-MVPs, the double nickel that sliced the knicks at their knees ... the 63 he put on Bird ... Larry Legend sayin' PLEASE ... is that GOD? ESPN.com

Many watched "SportsCenter" to hear Stuart Scott narrate the day's highlights in an entertaining style that was all his own. Consider Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant among that group. "I certainly grew up wanting to be on 'SportsCenter' just to have him comment on a highlight or two of mine," Bryant said Sunday after an 88-87 win over the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. The Lakers held a moment of silence before the game in honor of Scott. Scott died Sunday at the age of 49. He had been battling cancer. "The sports world lost a legend," Bryant said. "He really changed the vernacular of sports and added a hip-hop culture to the sports game. He battled hard. You can’t say enough about what an inspiration he's been." ESPN.com

January 4, 2015 Updates

The last time I saw Stuart in person was the night in July when he owned the stage at the ESPYS with that moving speech after he accepted the Jimmy V Award. We crossed paths later that night as he left a party. I congratulated him and gave him a pat on the arm. He was so frail that his arm felt hollow. His entire body seemed hollow, like his essence had been scooped out of him. He gave me an atypically tepid reply and kept moving. It was as if he had used up all his energy on the speech. And if you peered between the lines of what he had said on stage, you knew he had drained all of his reserve fuel in the fight against cancer and was ready for the inevitable conclusion. ESPN.com

Paul woke up in the middle of the night and noticed a tribute for Scott on television. He didn’t realize exactly what had happened at that point, but it didn’t take long to understand after tapping his wife to wake up and looking at his phone. “It was tough,” Paul said. “Me and my wife sat there. I talked to Stu pretty often, just a text here and there. My wife had seen him at Pelican Hill right before the season started. It’s a blow. It’s a blow to all of us. A lot of us grew up watching Stu. He just transcended everything. It’s a huge loss to the sports community.” NBA.com

“My heart goes out to his family,” Rivers said. “He was a good man, and he celebrated sports. I love people who celebrate the game instead of trying to dissect and tear it down. He’s a celebrator of sports, and he’ll be missed.” Rivers called Scott “one tough dude,” and someone who “brought a hipness and a coolness to ESPN.” “I’ve had a lot of moments with Stuart, and most of them are sitting around joking about stuff that we can’t talk about, but I just loved his humor,” Rivers said. “He was so comfortable in his own skin, and to me, that’s what I will remember about him. He brought a style to ESPN. To me, it’s been imitated. When that happens, that means that you’re pretty much on top.” NBA.com

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