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Gregg Popovich’s interview with Craig Sager’s son might make you cry (Video)

Gregg Popovich Craig Sager JrGregg Popovich loves to give sideline reporters a hard time for in-game interviews, but he seems to take particular pleasure in hassling TNT’s Craig Sager.

Pop has been so hard on Sager in the past that there’s been a compilation video of all the times the Spurs coach messed with the reporter.

But Sager’s son, Craig Sager Jr., announced during the week that his dad is battling leukemia. So TNT had the younger Sager fill in for his dad during Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks playoff series, and junior asked the coach a few questions. He got two answers, then Pop complimented him on the questions, and then Sager Jr. asked if Pop had anything he wanted to say to the elder Sager.

And, boy, did Pop come through. He delivered a really endearing message to Sager and told him how much he was missed. He even promised to be nice to him in the future!

“I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here.”

And how’s this? Pop specifically asked for Sager Jr. to interview him after the third quarter:

And if that wasn’t enough …

I guess it was all in love all along. Maybe Pop isn’t so bad after all.

Nick Young says what he’ll do to Iggy Azalea ‘shouldn’t be legal,’ possibly leaks Mike D’Antoni’s firing

Nick-Young-drunkThe NBA regular season has ended, and the Los Angeles Lakers are not in the playoffs. That means it’s party time for Nick Young. On Wednesday night, TMZ caught up with Young and it appeared as though he had just enjoyed several cocktails. He was heading home with his girlfriend Iggy Azalea, and all indications were that s— was about to get weird.

The interview started out fantastically when Young was asked about people saying Pau Gasol should have addressed the fans before the Lakers’ last home game instead of him.

“I am the star,” Young said. “I’m Swaggy P.”

He then turned the discussion to Azalea.

“You see what I’m going in this car with?” Swaggy P asked. “What I’m gonna do with this shouldn’t be legal.”

And before he got in the car and drove away, TMZ’s reporter was able to ask one more basketball question. He asked Young what he thinks about people calling for Mike D’Antoni’s job.

“Damn man, that’s a shame what happened to D’Antoni,” Young said.

Granted, Young appeared to be completely wasted. He might have just been saying D’Antoni has been put in a bad situation, but he spoke in the past tense and made it sound like D’Antoni is out. Of course, that wouldn’t surprise anyone.

All in all, we give Swaggy P’s interview an enthusiastic A+.

Ultimate Warrior’s wife Dana writes heartfelt letter thanking fans, WWE

Ultimate Warrior HallDana A. Warrior, the wife of The Ultimate Warrior, wrote a heartfelt letter thanking wrestling fans and the WWE for their support in the wake of her husband’s death.

The Ultimate Warrior died at the age of 54 last week after suffering a massive heart attack. He left behind his wife and their two daughters.

In her letter, Dana explained how the fan and WWE support made a huge difference for her and her family during their difficult coping period.

Below are the contents of the letter via Jimmy Traina at Fox Sports:

Dearest Warriors,

It is with an absolutely broken heart I reach out to you. Since the passing of my husband, I have been fortunate enough to insulate my sweet girls and myself from the outside world. In this bubble we have grieved and continue to do so. For a week, I did not allow any television or media to seep through our cocoon. I was told, though, of the outpouring of love for my beloved husband and support for, as he always called us, his Warrior Girls. I can only say thank you.

On Sunday night, I was told WWE would pay tribute to Warrior and so I set the DVR planning to watch it when we were ready. As the hour neared, I broke resolve and turned on every TV in the house to full blast and snuggled our daughters close to me on the couch, unsure what we would see. As the scene unfolded with that amazing roster of talent gathered donning Ultimate Warrior shirts and even his face paint, we cheered and sobbed simultaneously. To everyone who stood there, thank you. My girls will remember your bowed heads for the rest of their lives. You are not just Superstars; you are super people.

I cannot put words to what that video tribute meant. We watched it multiple times and, this morning, it was how I started my day; mornings are the hardest for me. I will treasure that song and those images more than anything I own. Vindication. ULTIMATE PERFECTION.

I was told it was reported WWE was ‘there’ for us. ‘There’ is the understatement of a lifetime. They were a warm blanket to us three and we were quickly absorbed into their family. Words are cheap; promises are forever. This family is one I’m honored to be a member of and will gladly be the warm blanket to any of them who need me next.

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Aldon Smith reportedly will not play for 49ers next season

Aldon Smith 49ersAldon Smith is awaiting a hearing relating to his arrest at LAX over the weekend and the San Francisco 49ers are so frustrated with him, they may not have him on the team next season.

San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami says that after speaking to several sources within the organization, he does not think Smith will play for the team this season.

Kawakami says everyone in the organization is embarrassed over Smith’s behavior, which includes DUI arrests in 2012 and 2013, and felony weapons charges relating to an incident at a 2012 party, in addition to the airport arrest. He says there is “weariness and frustration” unlike any other he has seen before.

Smith’s arrest is the latest negative incident involving a 49ers player this offseason. Colin Kaepernick has been mentioned in connection with a potential sexual assault case, while Chris Culliver was arrested for an alleged hit and run incident late last month. The team supposedly supports Kaepernick and is not planning to release Culliver, but their feelings are different with Smith.

Kawakami says the Niners likely will wait through the legal and NFL process before making any decision on Smith, who will likely be disciplined by the league for his off-field problems.

San Francisco owes Smiths over $3 million guaranteed and have a May 3 deadline to pick up his $9.75 million option for 2015. Smith has recorded 42 sacks since being drafted in 2011.

Ultimate Warrior died of massive heart attack, autopsy shows

Ultimate Warrior

The Ultimate Warrior died last week after suffering a massive heart attack, the autopsy for the 54-year-old deceased wrestling icon showed.

Warrior was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday April 5 and appeared on RAW Monday April 7 as part of the huge weekend at WrestleMania 30. Fans and observers were stunned to learn that less than 24 hours after his appearance on RAW, Warrior — real name James Hellwig — had died.

Warrior’s death was classified as “natural,” with neither drugs nor alcohol directly involved.

Warrior was seen clutching his chest last Tuesday as he was walking in an Arizona hotel to his car. He collapsed and was taken to a hospital where he died.

Police: Aldon Smith ‘appeared as if he had been drinking’

Aldon Smith mug shotSan Francisco 49ers defensive star Aldon Smith was detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday after he allegedly yelled “bomb” in a terminal. He was booked into Los Angeles jail on false report of a bomb threat.

According to CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco, LAX Police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said Smith was not administered a blood-alcohol test because his arrest was not alcohol related. However, she said Smith appeared to have been drinking at some point during the day.

“He was not what we considered to be intoxicated, but he appeared as if he had been drinking earlier in the day,” Ortiz explained.

The police may not have been concerned about whether Smith was drinking or not, but the 49ers should be. Smith took a voluntary leave of absence last year to enter rehab for his substance abuse issues after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and possession of pills and marijuana. Given his laundry list of off-the-field issues, I’m sure the Niners would prefer that Smith not drink at all.

As for the arrest, it was initially reported that Smith was randomly selected for a secondary screening while going through airport security. Ortiz later added that the 24-year-old was going through the screening when he asked if he would be searched further. He was told that would not be necessary and allegedly gave the following response.

“Why not? I have a bomb.”

Niners general manager Trent Baalke released a statement on Smith’s arrest Sunday evening.

“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith,” Baalke said. “As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”

How many strikes does this guy get? The 49ers have done all they can to keep Smith, who is one of the premier pass rushers in the game, but their hands may finally be tied. It’s going to reflect poorly on the organization if they keep letting him get away with stuff.

Bubba Watson gets love from wife Angie and son Caleb after win

Bubba Watson wife son

Bubba Watson on Sunday won the Masters for the second time in three years, becoming the 17th golfer to win the prestigious event at least twice.

Watson had his support team at Augusta National and received some special love from his wife, Angie, and young son, Caleb.

Immediately after winning, Caleb, who is just over two years old, waddled onto the green and was picked up by his dad to receive a big hug and kiss:

Bubba Watson son Caleb

Bubba and Angie met in college at the University of Georgia where both were athletes. Bubba played golf, of course, while Angie played basketball.

The two adopted Caleb just over two years ago when he was a month old.

When Bubba won his first Masters two years ago, he had a matching green jacket made for his new baby son. Maybe he’ll have to get a second one that fits Caleb!

Both Bubba and Angie cried after he took home his second green jacket, making the accomplishment all the more special.

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