Craig Sager, Longtime NBA Sideline Reporter, Dies Of Cancer At Age 65

by abournenesn

Dec 15, 2016

The sports world just lost an icon.

Craig Sager, Turner Sports’ longtime NBA sideline reporter known for his colorful suits and personality, died Thursday at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014 and had received a third bone marrow transplant in September.

Turner president David Levy released a statement about Sager’s death Thursday.

Despite his worsening health, Sager remained optimistic and still had a smile on his face in every photo his son, Craig Sager II, shared on social media. He was in remission for a while, too, before the leukemia returned in March.

Sager was a fixture on the basketball court for Turner for 20 years and had a gift for getting answers, even from San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. He got to cover Game 6 of the NBA Finals with ESPN to end his career.

Sager will be missed by the NBA community and the sports world alike.

Thumbnail photo via Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images

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