Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears took a few seconds to send their best to ESPN analyst Dick Vitale as he prepares to return to calling games during his cancer treatment.
Drew and the Bears are in Nassau, The Bahamas, preparing for the Battle 4 Atlantis, one of the most prestigious non-conference tournaments on the schedule.
Drew appears to be working the cell phone came as his Bears, seated for dinner, had a great view of what looks like the ocean.
“Welcome back, Dickie V,” many of the players said on cue. After that, you can hear Drew in the background say, ‘Dickie V, the Baylor Basketball team we’re cheering you on man, welcome back! Welcome back! We’re in Atlantis. We’ll see you soon.”
Vitale posted the video to his Twitter account.
Wow what a surprise as I just received this from the @BaylorMBB TEAM & @BUDREW Coach Scott Drew of the National Champs of 2021! Than You. BAYLOR BEARS for ur Kindness @ESPNPR
The 82-year old Vitale is fighting cancer for the second time this year. A month ago, Vitale was diagnosed with lymphoma. Three months ago he underwent surgeries to remove melanomas.
Vitale is currently on a six-month cancer treatment for lymphoma, but he will be courtside on Tuesday night to call No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA in Las Vegas, a rematch of last year’s national semifinal, which the Bulldogs won on a long-range, buzzer-beating jumper by Jalen Suggs.
Gonzaga lost to Baylor in the national championship game two days later.
Baylor begins play in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday when it faces Arizona State. The Bears could face either Syracuse or Virginia Commonwealth in the next round, depending upon the result.
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