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Howard Beck: There were no reservations whatsoever about going to Bleacher Report, I was just trying to convince myself that it was OK to leave The New York Times. I got nothing but positive reactions from friends in the business. There was obviously a lot of surprise. But that was because no one knew that Bleacher Report was hiring reporters at that point. Bleacher Report was not a place people went. Look, 10 years ago, Yahoo was just a search engine. It was not a place people went, and now they’ve built up a fantastic operation. Pro Basketball Writers
Former NBA player Jason Collins has signed on to become an analyst for Yahoo Sports. Collins, who came out two years ago, will be giving on-camera commentary on the NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament and the remainder of the NBA season starting March 15. “At Yahoo Sports, we’re always look to guide our readers to the best, most relevant, original content we can,” Yahoo stated in a release. “And today I’m happy to welcome the latest addition to our lineup, former NBA player Jason Collins. Jason will provide original video programming for the Yahoo Sports studio including basketball analysis for both the upcoming men’s NCAA basketball tournament and the NBA.” Out Magazine
At Yahoo Sports, we’re always look to guide our readers to the best, most relevant, original content we can. And today I’m happy to welcome the latest addition to our lineup, former NBA player Jason Collins. Jason will provide original video programming for the Yahoo Sports studio including basketball analysis for both the upcoming men’s NCAA basketball tournament and the NBA. Yahoo!
Jason was an All-American at Stanford University and played in the Final Four his freshman year. Jason will debut on Yahoo Sports “Tourney Bracket Live” show on March 15 at 7:30pm ET. Yahoo!
Popovich was one of several NBA personages who taped welcome-back messages for TNT broadcaster Craig Sager, who returned Thursday night to his role as a sideline reporter after battling leukemia. “Good to have you here,” Popovich said in his videotaped message. “Congratulations on meeting and winning against a hell of a challenge. Our challenge is pale by comparison to what you just did. We’re all happy for you. “Now the probing, incisive questions will begin to roll. We’re all looking forward to it, as well as the fashion statement each week.” San Antonio Express-News
The Los Angeles Clippers will honor their long-time play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler with “Ralph Lawler Night" on Monday when the Clippers host the Minnesota Timberwolves. There will be tributes throughout the game as well as a halftime presentation where Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr. will present a proclamation officially declaring March 9 “Ralph Lawler Day” in Los Angeles. ESPN.com
The next afternoon, Stacy flew to Dallas. The doctors, still unsure of what was wrong with their patient, didn’t want to release Sager, but he was adamant. Stacy drove him to the airport, put her husband in a wheelchair and pushed him toward their gate. “I was scared he wasn’t going to make it out of that airport,” Stacy said. “Then when we got on the plane, I asked the flight attendants if there was a defibrillator on board. I was worried that he was going to have a heart attack. He was so weak, so pale. He just had no color to him at all.” Bleacher Report
Stacy drove her husband home. He was desperate to see his two youngest children. (Sager has three older children, including Craig Jr., from a previous marriage.) After embracing them, he couldn’t climb the stairs to reach his bedroom, so he lay down in the living room. “I wasn’t really sleeping and I wasn’t really awake,” Sager said. “I was in pain, and it was like I saw my spirit or soul or something just floating a few feet from me. I reached for it, but I couldn’t get it. That’s when I told Stacy it was time to go back to the hospital.” Bleacher Report
The 63-year-old cancer survivor slid into his Corvette, flipped the ignition and rumbled through the sleepy streets of Canton, a town of 24,000 located on the northern outskirts of Atlanta. Sager hadn’t been among strangers since that harrowing hour last spring when he was issued what could have been his death sentence: a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. But now, in four days, he was slated to return to the NBA sideline—on March 5, in Chicago, for the Bulls-Thunder game—and return to his life that was ripped away from him last April. “I probably should have been dead,” said Sager, a gleam of wonder in his brown eyes, as he waited at a stoplight behind the wheel. “But this is the truth: I never had a bad day. Never. Never said, ‘Why me?’ "I’ve had a charmed life. I won the lottery in marrying my wife, Stacy. My kids are a joy. I figured it was just my turn for some bad luck. I didn’t volunteer for it, but I accepted it.” Bleacher Report
My, how his youngest kids ached for their dad when he was gone. For six weeks after Sager received a bone marrow transplant last July 3, Ryan and Riley weren’t allowed to see their father while he was in the fourth-floor isolation unit at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. He returned to their house on Aug. 15, surprising his children. “Daddy’s home!” Ryan yelled when he spotted his dad at the doorway. “Now I don’t have to see you in my dreams anymore!” And just then, hugging his two youngest there in the entryway, Sager melted into a puddle of tears. He was home—but his ordeal was far from over. Bleacher Report
Dwyane Wade: If you are a fan of basketball-than you should be just as happy as we are as players, coaches, owners etc to have this man-Craig Sager back on the sideline where he belongs.. #fashionguru @nbaontnt Instagram
Harrison Barnes: #TBT When Craig Sager interviewed me on draft day. NBA hasn't been the same without you!! #WelcomeBackSager youtu.be/vDydIqGDfMM Twitter @hbarnes
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