NBA

NBA loses a legend with Craig Sager

NBA loses a legend with Craig Sager

 

NBA loses a legend with Craig Sager 2016 images

NBA Mourns the Loss of Legendary TNT Sideline Report Craig Sager

After a lengthy battle with leukemia, colorful TNT NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager will be conducting his legendary interviews from heaven.

Sager, who was well-known and highly-regarded for his glowing personality and flamboyant suits, has worked on-and-off since receiving the diagnosis back in 2014. He last appeared on an NBA sideline in June for NBA Finals Game 6 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

Sager’s immense knowledge and love of the sport and close relationships with the players and coaches never got in the way of his hard-hitting questions and ethical journalism; however, his spectacular reporting often played second fiddle to his diverse wardrobe of psychedelic suits. Sager addressed his outfits in his autobiography “Living Out Loud: Sports, Cancer, and the Things Worth Fighting For.”

“My clothes reflect who I am,” wrote Sager. “I believe that life should be fun and so should your clothes.”

Over the past year, between consistent treatments and procedures, Sager managed to score a few final interviews for his greatest hits list.

“This is the first time I’ve enjoyed doing this ridiculous interview we’re required to do,” said San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, a notoriously succinct interviewee. “And that’s because you’re here and you’re back with us. Now ask me a couple of inane questions.”

rip craig sager

 

And then there was Sager’s final game, 2016 NBA Finals Game 6—a game which, of course, warranted a new suit. Sager later detailed the purchase to The New York Times.

“I can’t bring out something I’ve already worn,” said Sager. “I want to make sure I don’t look down. I want people to say, ‘Man, he looks good.’”

After the game, Craig scored an interview with Cavs superstar LeBron James. After a few questions, LeBron flipped the script, asking Sager a question on everyone’s mind.

“How in the hell did you go 30-plus years without getting a finals game?” asked James. “That don’t make no sense.”

Sager smiled and replied simply, “Thanks a lot for entertaining me.”

Thank you, Craig. Rest in Peace.

Click to add a comment
NBA
@chrismaurice18

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in NBA

russell westbrook not feeling new nba all star voting system 2017 images

Russell Westbrook not feeling new NBA All-Star voting system

Chris MauriceJanuary 20, 2017
derrick rose hooky fine from knicks 2017 images

Derrick Rose’s hooky fine from Knicks

Chris MauriceJanuary 15, 2017
adam silver 5 minute plan for nba games 2017 images

Adam Silver’s 5-minute plan for NBA Games

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
Zaza Pachulia shows why nba made changes to all star game voting 2017 images

Zaza Pachulia shows why NBA made changes to All-Star Game voting

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
kyle korver picked up by cleveland cavaliers 2017 images

Kyle Korver picked up by Cleveland Cavaliers

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
Giannis Antetokounmpo dribble gets NBA Last Two Minutes Report criticized  2017 images

Giannis Antetokounmpo dribble gets NBA Last Two Minutes Report criticized

Chris MauriceJanuary 8, 2017
nba superstars benefit from new collective bargaining agreement 2016 images

NBA superstars benefit from new Collective Bargaining Agreement

Chris MauriceDecember 27, 2016
nba with carmelo anthony after george karl take aim in book 2016 images

NBA with Carmelo Anthony after George Karl takes aim with book

Chris MauriceDecember 24, 2016
2016 Sports   Nick Kyrgios, Grayson Allen  ryan lochte on All Losers Team images

2016 Sports – Nick Kyrgios, Grayson Allen, Ryan Lochte on All-Losers Team

Shane LambertDecember 23, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription