Craig Sager, one of the most inspirational and recognizable faces in the NBA, passed away after battling cancer.
Turner president David Levy confirmed the news of Sager’s passing on Thursday.
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— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) December 15, 2016
Sager spent nearly three decades working with Turner Sports and TNT as their NBA sideline reporter. His flair and sometimes questionable wardrobe made him easily recognizable during telecasts and also led to so much comedic banter between himself, the coaches and players.
He got diagnosed with cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, to be exact, in 2014 and had battled it bravely ever since. Even while undergoing his treatment, Sager made as many on-screen appearances as possible and was fortunate enough to work his first ever NBA Finals game last June.
Because ESPN has the broadcasting rights to the Finals, TNT was never able to get Sager as the reporter, but he appeared alongside ESPN’s Doris Burke for Game 6. A little more than a month later, he received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs.
His legacy will live on through his colleagues at Turner, the NBA on TNT crew and his family. During tonight’s double-header on TNT, expect nothing less than a touching tribute from Ernie Johnson, Shaq, Kenny Smith and Chuck.
Our prayers are with the Sager family. The NBA lost one of its fiercest competitors today.
Rest in peace, Craig Sager.
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