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Wednesday Cup of Canis: Around the league, KG and Sager, Whalen on tonight's telecast

Good morning! Let's basketball.

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Good morning Canis Hoopus. I don't have much time at the moment to craft anything of real substance, so I hope you accept my apologies in advance. Below are stories that caught my attention from around the Association.

1. Lakers teammates 'isolating' D'Angelo Russell after video surfaces (source)

Sources told that some teammates' trust in Russell is eroding after a video surfaced in the past week that shows Russell recording a private conversation between himself and teammate Nick Young. Young does not appear to realize he is being taped.

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, better known as The Greek Freak, is set to be Bucks' primary ball handler (source)

"We're going to go forward with him handling the ball," Kidd told reporters, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "You can call him point guard, point forward, point center, however you want to look at it.

3. Warriors go 60 games over .500 after beating Washington (source)

GSW is now 67-7. They have eight game left to get six wins and beat the legendary '96 Bulls for the best record of all time (72-10). What an incredible team.


Best wishes to Craig Sager as he continues his battle with acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive type of cancer.

I started watching some interviews between Craig Sager and Kevin Garnett over the years last night. I thought I would share them today.

Burn it. Burn everything! Gasoline, kerosene, either one...

Keep fighting, Craig. The NBA community is with you.

One last note: Don't forget that Lindsay Whalen, three-time WNBA Champion for our Lynx, is going to join Dave Benz and Jim Petersen on the telecast tonight (Wolves/Clippers at 7:00 pm CST).

I'm going to record the game so I can watch it again (unless it's a complete dumpster fire) later this week. I mostly want to hear what Whalen has to say because she's one of the nicest athletes I have ever met and a very smart basketball mind. When I covered the Lynx this past summer she was wonderful to be around. I remember one time she gave Zach Bennett, Tim Faklis, and me fist bumbs in the locker room after one of the games kind of out of nowhere. She would say "what's up!" and "how's it going?" all the time. Small stuff that made me feel welcome. She was always so personable and friendly. She's also one of the best guards in WNBA history and a local sports icon. I'm sure Whalen is going to be terrific on the telecast tonight.