Dick Vitale was again courtside.

The ESPN broadcaster was on the decision for the school basketball sport between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA on Tuesday night time and acquired emotional along with his associate Dave O’Brien proper subsequent to him.

Commentator Dick Vitale looks on before action between the Boston Celtics and the LA Clippers at TD Garden on February 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Commentator Dick Vitale seems on earlier than motion between the Boston Celtics and the LA Clippers at TD Garden on February 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.
(Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

“I can’t believe I’m sitting here,” Vitale mentioned combating again tears. “This is really a big thrill for me. I want to thank all who sent me so many great messages, [ESPN president] Jimmy Pitaro, all my buddies at ESPN. I want to thank, certainly, my family and all the fans. My, you have been unbelievable.”

Before tip-off, Vitale despatched out a tweet to his followers.

“To ALL of u in any battle ‘Don’t believe in can’t’!” Vitale wrote.

Back in mid-October, Vitale revealed that he has been identified with lymphoma after he had a number of surgical procedures over the summer time for melanoma.

ESPN commentator Dick Vitale is seen before the Kentucky Wildcats and LSU Tigers game at Rupp Arena on February 12, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky.

ESPN commentator Dick Vitale is seen earlier than the Kentucky Wildcats and LSU Tigers sport at Rupp Arena on February 12, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky.
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Vitale mentioned that he thought-about himself “very lucky” all through your entire course of.

Vitale, who’s 82 years previous, beforehand mentioned that he deliberate on treating the lymphoma with steroids and 6 months of chemotherapy. He added that the medical specialists mentioned that it has a 90% remedy fee. Vitale had mentioned that he deliberate on persevering with to work regardless of the diagnosis, however he managed his work schedule round his chemotherapy.

“I am lucky and blessed to have a great team of medical experts, along with wonderful family support. I am also blessed to work with so many in my second family, ESPN. They have been so encouraging over the past three weeks as I’ve undergone one test after another in trying to analyze what was causing my symptoms,” Vitale mentioned.