ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale will be back where he belongs this week, calling a big-time game for the Worldwide Leader.
Vitale, who is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, hasn’t been able to call any games so far this season. However, that will change this week.
Dickie V has gotten the OK from his doctors to call Tuesday night’s game between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA.
“My family and I are absolutely jumping with joy,” said Vitale. “Knowing I’ll be courtside with all my buddies and calling Number 1 versus 2, this is the best medicine I could ask for. To all of you, I simply say ‘thank you from the bottom of my heart’ for your prayers and messages, phone calls and texts.
“They gave me energy and lifted me up at a time that is not fun city – chemo for six months. To my ESPN family, starting with Jimmy Pitaro – I love you all. I’m so proud to start my 43rd year on Tuesday. Lastly, to the fans – you have given me a career that has exceeded any dream I’ve ever had.”
Vitale, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma, just finished packing for Tuesday night’s game.
I just finished packing for Vegas for Gonzaga vs UCLA & I never thought when told I had cancer that would happen .At 82 u can imagine what I was thinking. It’s y getting back Tuesday at courtside is SO SPECIAL & I believe that ALL of u that sent 🙏🙏🙏 &❤️❤️❤️ HELPED! THANKS
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) November 21, 2021
The college basketball world can’t wait to see him.
“Great to have you back. Icon in the business, keep teaching the young folks with your passion for the sport and all humanity,” one fan tweeted.
“Hope you have a safe and wonderful trip. PLEASE take care of yourself, and I hope this trip gives you more energy and refreshes your well-being. Laugh some, cry some, and think some. Millions are thinking of you,” one fan added.
“An inspiration to us all! Love it! Love the fight! Love the heart! Oh and … KEEP AN EYE MY MARQUETTE FORMERLY WARRIORS BABY!” another fan wrote on Twitter.
Dick Vitale is an INSPIRATION.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 21, 2021
Vitale will call the game alongside Dave O’Brien on Tuesday night.
Tipoff is set for 10 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.