Sad day for hoops fans.
Longtime TV announcer and sports reporter Craig Sager passed away after a 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 said in a 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.”
We will always remember Sager for his colorful suits and memorable sideline interactions with coaches and players but Levy said “it is the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact.”
Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. He went through multiple courses of treatment, including chemotherapy and stem cell transplants, to try and fight the illness. Eventually he announced his leukemia was no longer in remission. But that didn’t stop him from working.
He delivered an emotional speech when he was recognized at the 2016 ESPYs with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.
When you are diagnosed with a terminal disease like cancer, leukemia, your perception of time changes. When doctors tell you you have three weeks to live, do you try to live a lifetime of moments in three weeks? Or do you say, ‘To hell with three weeks?’ When doctors tell you your only hope of survival is 14 straight days of intense chemotherapy, 24 hours a day, do you sit there and count down the 336 hours? Or do you see each day as a blessing? Time is something that cannot be bought. It cannot be wagered with God. And it is not an endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life.
If I’ve learned anything through all of this, it’s that each and every day is a canvas, waiting to be painted — an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning. To those of you out there who are suffering from cancer, facing adversity, I want you to know that your will to live and to fight cancer can make all the difference in the world. The way you think influences the way you feel, and the way you feel determines how you act.
I always see the glass half full. I see the beauty in others, and I see the hope for tomorrow. If we don’t have hope and faith, we have nothing.
Whatever I might have imagined a terminal diagnosis would do to my spirit, it’s summoned quite the opposite: the greatest appreciation for life itself. So I will never give up, and I will never give in. I will continue to keep fighting, sucking the marrow out of life as life sucks the marrow out of me.
I will live my life full of love and full of fun. It’s the only way I know how.
Just days ago Sager was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
After news surfaced Sager passed away, a huge amount of tributes came pouring in on social media.
I’ve been watching Craig Sager man the sidelines ever since I became a fan of the NBA. It’s really disheartening — he’ll surely be missed.
RIP, Craig. #SagerStrong