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January 4, 2015 Updates

Harrison Barnes: Sad to hear about Stuart Scott this morning. He is one of my favorite Tar Heels and a GREAT person #RIP Twitter @hbarnes

Jared Zwerling: ESPN's tribute to Stuart Scott: es.pn/1vMX9a8 ... Always respected his connection with athletes -- fun, genuine and understanding. Twitter @JaredZwerling

Anthony Tolliver: Wow! Sad day in sports! Was a great person! RIP ...RT @jairusbyrd RIP Stuart Scott.. And may God bless and protect your family... Sad day. Twitter @ATolliver44

Stuart Scott, an ESPN anchor and reporter whose catchphrases became part of the American popular sports vernacular for the past two decades, Sundaymorning after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 49. "ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott," said ESPN president John Skipper. "Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? "His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced." USA Today Sports

Scott's determination was well known to executives at ESPN long before his diagnosis. In 2002, Scott missed several months of work after his left eye was damaged by a football while he was working out with the New York Jets for an upcoming story. Due to previous problems with both eyes, including a right detached retina, Scott had to retrain his right eye to be his dominant eye, a task that presented a challenge when having to read from a teleprompter. Scott is survived by his two daughters, Taelor, 19,and Sydni, 14, the latter of whom joined him onstage at the end of his ESPYs speech after he asked her to "come up here and give dad a hug because I need one." USA Today Sports

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December 31, 2014 Updates

“I don't know why it's so hard for you guys to understand that. No, I really don't,” he said. “Like, it's fascinating to me. When [teammates] are open, they make shots, it's easy. I sit back. “When they don't and we're down 15 or something points, I try to get it going. Sometimes I make them. Sometimes I don't. When I don't, you think it's because I'm not passing the ball. It's really that simple. You guys have a very hard time understanding that for some reason.” Then he turned to the reporter who asked the question. “Not you,” he said. “I follow who's slow and who's not.” Los Angeles Times

December 27, 2014 Updates
December 26, 2014 Updates

Kenny Smith shoved his Inside the NBA co-host Shaquille O’Neal into a Christmas tree during halftime of Thursday night’s holiday broadcast. My only observation or “insight” here is that it’s incredible the tree stayed upright. Shaq is a big guy and the tree appeared to be on wheels, yet it still didn’t topple all the way over. Clark Griswold would be proud. The Big Lead

ABC's blockbuster NBA Christmas Day doubleheader delivered strong overnight ratings across the board on Thursday, Dec. 25, leading to a 12 percent ratings increase versus last year. In ABC's late-afternoon window, the Miami Heat's 101-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers generated a 5.5 overnight rating, up 12 percent from last year, according to Nielsen. Cavaliers-Heat also posted a massive 17.2 rating in Miami, making it the highest-rated NBA regular-season game ever in the market. Broadway World

December 24, 2014 Updates
December 23, 2014 Updates

Last January, after an Oklahoma City Thunder game, you asked Kevin Durant about his big night, and he said it was all because of God. And you kind of smiled and said 'Didn't you have something to do with it, too?' That response elicited a pretty strong reaction from people who felt you were dismissing Durant a bit. What feedback did you receive? Doris Burke: That game I covered for Heather Cox, who has two young kids and had something that night and basically asked if I could replace her. It was a hectic day. To preface it, the year before in the NBA finals, I'd interviewed Danny Green after his big game, and he kept thanking God and then would answer the question. And that summer I got 10 photocopies from an anonymous man with anti-God, anti-religion sentiment. It was kind of a weird thing, but whatever. Louisville Courier-Journal

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