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December 3, 2014 Updates

There's a reason you've never seen an official Charles Barkley twitter handle ... or Instagram ... or Vine ... because Sir Charles tells us, "I don't want to talk to those idiots." Barkley says he is 100% AGAINST joining any social media platform ... explaining, "I don't feel the need to talk to every idiot in America." TMZ.com

December 2, 2014 Updates

Barkley said he was disturbed by the actions of some protestors who turned vandals and looters after the announcement. "Those aren't black people, those are scumbags," said Barkley, who is known for his strong opinions as an NBA analyst on TNT. "There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people's businesses, burning down police cars." Toronto Sun

That’s obviously not happening anytime soon. Gate receipts are soaring in some markets, and neither players nor owners are eager to give those up. The Knicks approached a record $145 million in net gate receipts last season, nearly $3.5 million per game, and the Lakers pushed $90 million, per several league sources. A bunch of smaller-market teams don’t even sniff $1 million in gate per home game, but that scarcity makes every game feel precious. The NBA’s mammoth new national TV deal might withstand a schedule slice, since the league could earmark the same number of games for its broadcast partners. But local TV deals are based on teams filling 82 prime-time slots, and several teams are set to negotiate fat new local deals over the next couple of years. Grantland

December 1, 2014 Updates
November 27, 2014 Updates

But anyone planning to give him the business about his taste should know this: His choice of suit for one day next February, his target for returning to work as the best sideline reporter in any sport, wasn't decided on a whim. Cancer has adopted certain colors for awareness, you see, such as pink for breast cancer. Orange is for leukemia, the disease that invaded Sager's life and threatened to take it. He's in full remission now, though he's still waiting to get medical clearance to do everyday stuff the rest of us take for granted. And so he pines for the day he'll be back doing NBA games while his orange suit blends with all the orange basketballs, an ensemble which will seem so ... perfect. NBA.com

Blood tests and bone marrow biopsies confirmed the worst. He spent his days getting chemo, his nights watching the playoffs carry on without him, and both carried their own manner and degree of torture. Neither compared with the impact his disease had on his ability to relate to his family. Stacy became his tireless caregiver and often slept on the sofa in the hall, outside his hospital room. Their two young children stayed home. Sager has three adult children from his first marriage, too. Their visits were welcome but heart-wrenching. "The two girls were really emotional," Sager said. "They would keep it inside until they got out of the room. Then I'd hear them break down. That hurt me." NBA.com

Not long after the transplant, Sager developed pneumonia, "and that was the worst," said Stacy. "That took a toll." More tests, more visits, more treatment, more worries. Stacy developed shingles from the stress. Eventually, Sager's system improved, the pneumonia was cured and Sager was on his feet again. He's down to two treatments a week. "When I first came home from the hospital, I was crying," he said. "I had missed the sound of the birds, the smell of the grass, the feel of the air. And of course, I missed seeing my kids." NBA.com

But Popovich just ... wouldn't ... leave ... the Sagers ... alone. "He called me four or five times in the next month to check on me and my dad," said Junior, and remember, Pop and the Spurs were in the heat of the playoff run. Pop's timing was downright surreal, too. "He called the day of my sister Krista's graduation from the University of Georgia, because my dad couldn't make it," said Junior. "And this was before a game against Portland." NBA.com

November 25, 2014 Updates

So who is responsible for choosing the memorable title of “I Hate Christian Laettner” for the upcoming documentary on one of the most polarizing college basketball players in history? Well, that would be Christian Laettner himself. ESPN announced last week it will air a 90-minute examination of Laettner’s life on March 15, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET as part of its acclaimed "30 for 30" series. The film is being directed by Rory Karpf, who previously directed “The Book of Manning” and “Tim Richmond: To The Limit,” and when Karpf met with Laettner at his home in Jacksonville a couple of months ago, Laettner showed Karpf some custom t-shirts with "I STILL LOVE CHRISTIAN LAETTNER" on the front, a humorous retort to the "I STILL HATE LAETTNER" t-shirts that float around the state of Kentucky to this day. Sports Illustrated

"This is something people don't realize about me but I can laugh, and laugh at myself,” Laettner said in an interview with Sports Illustrated on Friday. “The very first time I saw an “I STILL HATE LAETTNER” t-shirt was six or seven years ago and I thought it was so funny that Kentucky fans were selling the shirts on stores around campus. So I pointed the shirt out to Rory and maybe he got the feeling then that, hey, Christian can laugh at himself, so that's a storyline we can use in the film. Sports Illustrated

"Once people see the film some, people might see Christian differently," Karpf said. "I’m not saying everything will be viewed in rose-colored glasses but I think people will see sides of Christian Laettner they have never seen before. I feel like we have compelling material and I’m hoping it will be a captivating film for Duke lovers, haters and people who don't even know Duke basketball before this." "More than anything I hope people watch it [and] enjoy it, and to quote Fox News, it's then for them to decide," Laettner said. "I want the viewers to decide whether they like it or not. But I'm going to like it because I was honored they asked me. How many people get to say a 30 for 30 is being made about them?" Sports Illustrated

November 24, 2014 Updates

Do you miss television? Kerr: “I don’t miss Marv Albert at all. Let’s make that clear (laughs). You know, I loved it. I loved my job at TNT. As soon as they fire me I’ll probably be back there. But I think it was the right move at the right time for me. A TV gig allowed me to raise my kids and still be part of the game. Now that my kids are older and pretty much out of the house this is the perfect time for this move. I’m really happy.” Oklahoman

November 20, 2014 Updates
November 19, 2014 Updates

Most guys would be wary of making fun of nationally televised bumbles, fumbles, missed shots and botched plays made by massively tall men with tattooed arms and scowling faces. However, Mike Goldfarb, a 2003 Hudson High School graduate, is not like most guys. Goldfarb, 29, is creator, writer and producer of "Shaqtin' a Fool," hosted by former NBA superstar, rapper, media sensation and actor Shaquille O'Neal. The show airs as a weekly Thursday night segment during the Emmy Award winning "Inside the NBA," on Turner Network Television and as its own show on NBA TV. Hudson Hub-Times

And former Cavalier O'Neal credits the former Hudsonite with the show's success. "Mike is a great leader. He's flexible and his sense of humor is off the charts," O'Neal said. "He is the Kobe Bryant of [producers] -- in other words I could not have won multiple championships without him." Goldfarb has not been approached by any angry players -- yet. "It's funny, you would think they would get mad about us showing them committing bone-headed plays. But, the players love it," according to Goldfarb. Hudson Hub-Times

ESPN analyst and veteran NBA executive Tom Penn has agreed to a multi-year extension with ESPN. Penn regularly contributes front office and basketball operations expertise to SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast, NBA Tonight and additional studio programming. He also provides extensive analysis during ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NBA Draft. “Tom brings a unique perspective that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Tim Corrigan, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “We look forward to finding more opportunities which utilize his talents.” ESPN.com

November 18, 2014 Updates

ESPN Films today announced a new 30 for 30 film that will debut in 2015 as part of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary series. “I Hate Christian Laettner,” directed by Rory Karpf (“The Book of Manning,” “Tim Richmond: To The Limit”), will premiere Sunday, March 15, at 9 p.m. ET after Bracketology on ESPN. Through interviews with former teammates and rivals as well as Laettner himself, the film explores why the polarizing basketball player was—and still is—so disliked. ESPN.com

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