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Craig Sager: Gone But Never Forgotten

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Craig Sager: Gone But Never Forgotten

On Thursday the world found out that another legend of the sports world had passed.  Craig Sager, TNT sideline reporter had finally lost his two-year battle with Leukemia.  Sager was first diagnosed with the disease in 2014.  After undergoing a bone marrow transplant, Sager saw his disease go into remission.  In March 2015 Sager received bad news when he found that the Leukemia had returned.  After a hard-fought battle Sager finally lost his battle with the deadly disease and now we face an NBA without him.

Many fans will always remember Sager for his flashy suits and pointed halftime questioning of coaches, but to the people who truly knew Craig, there was so much more.   Turner President David Levy spoke on who Craig Sager really was.


“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us. There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports. While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interview he conducted with NBA coaches and layers, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong.” 


San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich, who is well-known for having little to say when a microphone is placed in front of him, had a lot to say about his friend.



“I guess on a day like this, basketball has to take a back seat as we all think about somebody who was very unique, very special,” San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich told reporters before his game in Phoenix on Wednesday night. “Whether you really knew Craig or not, you got the feeling that he was a special person in a lot of different ways. And right now I just feel for his family. “To talk about him being a professional or good at what he did is a tremendous understatement. All of us who knew him understood that fact, what he was all about as far as work was concerned, but he was a way better person than he was a worker, even though he was amazing in that regard. He loved people, he enjoyed pregame, during games, postgame — he loved all the people around it, and everybody felt that. “The most amazing part of him is his courage. What he’s endured, and the fight that he’s put up, the courage that he’s displayed during this situation is beyond my comprehension. And if any of us can display half the courage he has to stay on this planet, to live every (day) as if it’s his last, we’d be well off. We all miss him very much.”


In July Sager stood before a crowd of his peers and received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.  The speech he delivered said everything you need to know about this man, so I will let him tell his own story.


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Sager was a man who touched the hearts of so many people in so many ways.  He will be missed for his amazing ability to entertain us during NBA games, but he will be missed more for the shining example of how to live our lives, how to fight back against adversity, and just how to inspire millions to be a better version of ourselves.

RIP Craig Sager

6/29/1951 – 12/15/2016

You will be missed

but never forgotten