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Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN2)
West Virginia senior Da’Sean Butler was projected to be a first-round pick in next week’s NBA Draft until a serious knee injury he suffered in the Final Four put such lofty projections in peril. Outside the Lines has had full access to Butler’s aggressive attempt to retrieve his dream, chronicling the emotional and physical roller coaster he has ridden since incurring a torn ACL and sprained MCL in his left knee. Reporter David Amber, with ESPN cameras and Butler’s home video, has documented Butler’s surgery and ongoing rehab, from his graduation ceremony at which he met commencement speaker Bill Clinton, through vitally important interviews with NBA executives.
For this to happen at the last game of my season, it kind of scares me, ‘cause I’m worried about how I will bounce back, what kind of career I will have afterwards.” — Da’Sean Butler
“What was your grade point average — 3.3 — you got to slip that in. Somehow you got to get that in.” — Richard Katz, Butler’s agent, preparing his client for the NBA Draft Evaluation Camp interviews
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 am., ESPN2)
In 2009-10 DeMarcus Cousins averaged a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds per game) to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors, but he also struck a Louisville player with a forearm, claiming he had been kneed. While the Kentucky forward would sometimes engage in heated arguments with coach John Calipari during games, he was also capable of showing a playful side with the media in the locker room. Despite his size, toughness and potential, some say selecting Cousins in the NBA Draft would be a gamble. Andy Katz reports.
“If you pass him in the draft, he will never forget. When he’s 35 years old and still playing, and he knows you passed on him, he will be trying to get 50 on you, that’s his mentality.” – John Calipari, Kentucky coach
Rodney Rogers spent 12 seasons in the NBA, winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2000 for Phoenix before being traded to Boston in 2002. Today, after a dirt bike accident in November 2008 left him paralyzed, he must rely on others to feed him, but holds out hope for body movement. Anna Katherine Clemmons reports.
What started out as a quiet little ballpark on a hill was nurtured and grew into a cathedral that put college baseball – and Omaha – on the map. Elizabeth Merrill reports on Omaha saying goodbye to Rosenblatt Stadium after this College World Series.