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Wizards players respond to passing of Craig Sager

Wizards players respond to passing of Craig Sager

Legendary NBA broadcaster Craig Sager passed away on Thursday at the age of 65 after a two-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

It wasn't just his fabulous array of suits and jackets that made him popular.

Sager was quite possibly the most well-respected media member in all of basketball.

He was one of the few people who could break Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich during an interview. Sager was a gentleman, a professional and a incredible human being.

These are all sentiments shared by the basketball community. Shortly following his death on Thursday, several members of the Wizards took to social media to expressed their deepest condolences to the Sager family.

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CSN Mid-Atlantic's own Steve Buckhantz, a fellow NBA broadcaster, provided a brief thought on Sager as well.

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Why Scott Brooks is amazed by John Wall's, Bradley Beal's scouting abilities

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Why Scott Brooks is amazed by John Wall's, Bradley Beal's scouting abilities

When John Wall's and Bradley Beal's playing days are over -- whenever that may be -- they both might be well-suited for front office jobs. To a certain extent, they're already acting as high-level scouts, according to Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks. 

The Wizards' stars -- who Beal previously said make up the NBA's best backcourt -- aren't just scouting their opponents around the league. Players of all different levels and around the globe are on their radar, which prompted Brooks to ask the obvious question about the two relatively new dads:

"When do they have time?"

Brooks sat down with NBC Sports Washington Wizards Insider Chris Miller on Monday and explained how closely Wall and Beal follow basketball players everywhere.

"The thing I love about John and Brad -- they love the game," Brooks said. "You can call them up. It could be high school players, it could be WNBA players, it could be college players, it could be European players -- they know them. It's like, don't you guys have a life? They know them."

Beal attended the Wizards' pre-draft workout on Monday, while Wall went to at least one similar workout in the past. 

Brooks specifically highlighted Beal's ability as a scout and speculated about his potential success in the future, should the guard pursue that avenue when he's done playing.

"Bradley can do it all," Brooks said. "He's not only a great player. He's gonna be a great coach and a great general manager."

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2019 NBA Draft Preview Special: How to watch

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2019 NBA Draft Preview Special: How to watch

Hungry for more analysis before the 2019 NBA Draft? Were the countless mock drafts and all the trade and free agent articles not enough? Well, we've got you covered. 

Analysts from every branch of the NBC Sports Regional Network will break down the possible outcomes of the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday, just before the draft begins. 

NBA insider Tom Haberstroh will host the 2019 NBA Draft preview, with coast-to-coast interactive coverage. The special will stream live on the MyTeams app at noon and 3 p.m. ET. 

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The special will be available on the MyTeams by NBC Sports App.

If you haven't downloaded the MyTeams App, you can do so here, now.

How to Watch NBC Sports' 2019 NBA Draft Preview

When: Thurs. June 20

Time: 12-12:30 p.m. & 3-3:30 p.m. ET

Who: Tom Haberstroh, NBA insider. NBC Sports Wasington's Wizards Insider Chris Miller, and regional NBC Sports NBA analysts. 

Stream: MyTeams App

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