Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant paid tribute to the late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott during Monday's game against the Golden State Warriors.
Scott died of cancer over the weekend at the age of 49.
Since the news of his passing, there have been many tributes to Scott in the sports world, including a moment of silence in the NFL and NBA, athletes paying their respects on Twitter and a tribute from both UNC fans and the Tar Heels themselves. Scott graduated from North Carolina in 1987.
In addition to Durant's message, NBA players like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade have called in to ESPN Radio to remember Scott, and the network has produced several tributes and montages in recent days. NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen and NBC Sports anchor Dan Patrick have also spoken about their time at ESPN and friendships with Scott.
Scott was well remembered not only for his career behind the anchor desk, but for his memorable speech last year at the 2014 ESPY Awards, in which he declared, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott said. "You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
- Brad Rowland