Beloved NBA Sideline Reporter Craig Sager Dead at 65
Craig Sager, the popular NBA sideline reporter for Turner Sports known for his colorful blazers, has died after battling leukemia. He was 65.
“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to us all,” Turner President David Levy said. “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.”
His son posted a tribute to his father, as did TNT.
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) December 15, 2016
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 15, 2016
Sager, who also engaged in some classic in-game interviews with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and his fight quickly became well-known. This past summer, he was honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs, where he delivered a memorable speech.
“I — along with the entire NBA family — am deeply saddened by the passing of Craig Sager,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “Craig was as vital to the NBA as the players and coaches. A true original and an essential voice on Turner Sports’ NBA coverage for 26 seasons, Craig chronicled some of the most memorable moments in league history and was a ubiquitous presence with his splashy suits and equally colorful personality.”
Other NBA personalities also chimed in with their condolences:
Rest In Peace Craig Sager… Thank you for all your kind words and for showing the true meaning of the word strength.
— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) December 15, 2016
Craig Sager R.I.P.
— Kenny Anderson (@chibbs_1) December 15, 2016
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager!! #gamechanger
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) December 15, 2016
Craig Sager brought so much enthusiasm to the NBA game. But his fight to the end is what really impressed me. RIP to an inspiring man.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) December 15, 2016
The sports community lost a great one today. Rest In Peace Craig Sager. #RIPSager
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) December 15, 2016
the sports world lost a legend today. rest in peace Mr. Craig Sager
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) December 15, 2016
RIP Sager… Was always great to see him arriving at work! Left his mark on the game! Rest up
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) December 15, 2016