We got some truly awful news today, as ESPN is reporting that NBA broadcasting legend Craig Sager passed away at age 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Sager was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia back in 2014, and he was an inspiration to people all over the world with how fiercely he fought this horrible disease.
Sager covered all kinds of different sports for various networks over the years, but he was most well-known for his work with the NBA on Turner Sports. For over 30 years, Sager graced our TV screens on TNT and TBS, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest sideline reporters of all-time. He was beloved by fans, coaches, and players alike for his friendly demeanor, basketball knowledge, and impeccable taste in suits.
For the first time in his distinguished career, Sager worked an NBA Finals game this past June. Turner and ESPN figured out a partnership where Sager was able to share sideline reporting duties with Doris Burke for Game 6 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.
Later in 2016, Sager was presented with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs. You can watch his deeply moving speech in the video below.
Sager will be survived by his wife Stacy, a former Chicago Bulls dancer, and their two children Riley and Ryan. Sager also had three children from a previous marriage, including Craig Sager Jr.