A man who is known for his flashy attire and needs no introduction, Craig Sager, passed away Thursday. He was one of the few people that could get Gregg Popovich to smile, let alone answer two questions during a television break.
SportsGuru Turnertime2 recounts his favorite story of Sager and explains if you loved the NBA that meant you loved Sager.
Our SportsGuru dougrush shares his condolences for the Turner Sports and Sager’s family.
Sager passed away in Atlanta at 65. He battled a rare form of blood cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, since 2014 and underwent chemotherapy, blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants.
The first round of chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant helped Sager into remission and he returned to TNT and NBA sidelines in March 2015. He also covered March Madness at that time. Weeks after he returned he relapsed.
He went through more chemo and transplants that helped him to remission a second time. In March 2016 the leukemia came back, but Sager didn’t take a break and he continued reporting.
He last appeared in a game broadcast in June, covering the NBA finals. He was supposed to cover the Olympics for NBC, but cancelled because he needed to undergo treatment.
Sager won the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs in July, in which he said he would never give up.
He worked for 26 seasons as a sideline reporter for Turner Sports.
The NBA put a compilation together from Thursday night of thoughts around the league and sentiments for Sager and his family.