Craig Sager skipped the Rio Olympics to prepare for a bone-marrow transplant. As he awaits that procedure, the famed sideline reporter provided an update on his outlook. Sager, via I.J. Rosenberg at AJC.com: “I have met life’s challenges by climbing the Great Wall of China, riding with the bulls in Pamplona, sailing the Pacific Ocean with Ted Turner, jumping out of airplanes over Kansas, hang gliding off the cliffs of Mexico, bungee jumping atop a tower in San Antonio, and swimming with the sharks in the Caribbean. “I have run the bases with Hank Aaron after No. 715, thrown out the first pitch at Wrigley Field, graced the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’, and received the Jimmy V perseverance Award
Kevin Durant faced tremendous backlash for leaving the Thunder for the Warriors. But not from NBA rookies. In the league’s annual rookie survey, a plurality of first-year players voted Durant their favorite player: 1. Kevin Durant, Golden State — 29.7% T-2. Carmelo Anthony, New York — 9.4% LeBron James, Cleveland — 9.4% Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City — 9.4% T-5. LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio — 6.3% Kobe Bryant (retired) — 6.3% Paul George, Indiana — 6.3% Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 6.3% T-9. Kevin Garnett, Minnesota — 4.7% Others receiving votes: Vince Carter, Memphis; Stephen Curry, Golden State; Marc Gasol, Memphis; Kyrie Irving, Cleveland This is the third straight year Durant has claimed
Last season, the Sacramento Kings signed Seth Curry, brother of Stephen Curry. He left this summer for Dallas, and now the Kings are working out the brother of the other Splash Brother — Klay Thompson‘s brother Mychel — according to international basketball reporter David Pick. Mychel Thompson’s only NBA experience is five games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-12. He spent some time in the D-League after that, and played in Italy during the 2015-16 season.