Turner Sports’ beloved sideline reporter, Craig Sager, has been added on to the ESPN team to work Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Although it’s just a one-game deal, Sager has never worked an NBA Finals game since beginning his profession in 1972.
ESPN’s gesture of adding Sager to the team is because of him receiving the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the most recent ESPYs, according to Ben Cafardo. He’s been battling leukemia since 2014 and released a very heartfelt statement once he heard about the opportunity:
“I’d like to thank Turner and ESPN for approaching me with this tremendous opportunity to be part of The Finals broadcast team. I’ve been watching the series very closely and, while I do not want to distract in any way from the event itself, I look forward to being in the building for what will be an incredibly exciting Game 6. The NBA community is a very special one and this is a great honor.”
Sager, who’s 64-years-old, has been a member of the Turner Sports Network since 1982 and has covered the MLB, NBA, and college football and basketball. Also on hand for ESPN will be their staple commentary crew of Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Mike Breen and Doris Burke will be manning the sidelines along Sager.
Having been one of the very best for a very long time, the chance is there for Sager to witness the Golden State Warriors wrap up the Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.