NBA Players and Fans Remember Craig Sager
Craig Sager, the Turner Sports reporter known for his colorful suits, has passed away after an extended battle with leukemia.
Sager spent nearly 25 years reporting from the sidelines of NBA games for TNT, solidifying his reputation as one of the most beloved and trusted reporters in the game. Last season, as he battled terminal cancer, Sager was finally able to work the NBA finals for ABC, a fact acknowledged by NBA superstar LeBron James.
— Jason Romano (@JasonRomano) December 15, 2016
In a statement issued about Sager’s death, Turner president David Levy praised the reporter for being an inspiration.
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,” 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.
While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, 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.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also issued a statement about Sager’s passing, calling him “a true original.”
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) December 15, 2016
NBA players and fans took to Twitter to share memories and express their condolences for Sager and his family.
R.I.P Craig Sager !! You will always be with us You brought fans closer to the game in a fun way..humanizing coaches, fashion, wit, LEGEND!
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) December 15, 2016
R.I.P to the Greatest reporter of all time Craig Sager. We Lost a good one today
— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) December 15, 2016
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) December 15, 2016
— Ryan McComber (@roymccomber20) December 15, 2016
Man RIP Craig Sager so sad to hear that prayers to the family
— Richaun Holmes (@Rich_Holmes22) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager #Legend
— Waka Flocka (@WakaFlocka) December 15, 2016
"Time is simply how you live your life"
Sager put up a valiant fight against cancer and inspired millions around the world during his powerful ESPY speech.
— FootBasket.com (@FootBasket) December 15, 2016
Sager leaves behind his wife, Stacy, and their two children, as well as three other children from a previous marriage. He was 65.