Legendary NBA Reporter Craig Sager Passes Away At 65
It is with a sad heart to announce the passing of NBA sideline reporter, announcer and legendary dresser — Craig Sager. A longtime fan of his colorful, crazy suits, slick talk with basketball players and coaches alike and his inspired strength in the face of adversity — Sager lost his years-long battle with acute myeloid 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 wrote in a network-released statement. “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.”
Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. He immediately began his fight with multiple courses of chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and more in attempt to beat the illness. He was gone from TV for a year, but when he was cleared to return in March 2015 — the game welcomed him back with open arms. The event was short lived since the illness returned for a second time, forcing Craig to withdraw and focus on his health.
He stayed in the trenches for several more months, had a bone marrow transplant from his son, Craig II, and came back for the NBA’s 2015-16 Media Day; worked Opening Night a month later; appeared at the annual NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto and was on hand to see the Cleveland Cavaliers win their first NBA championship. “While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it is the determination, grace and will-to-live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact.”
Watch his speech from the 2016 ESPY Awards where he was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award and delivered a stirring acceptance speech that reaffirmed his zest for life: