TNT’s coverage of the NBA playoffs this year will be missing one of its most colorful personalities in sideline reporter Craig Sager. Sager, who is known for his outlandish suits, is battling leukemia and will not cover the playoffs for the network this go round.
The announcement officially went public Friday evening, just as teams are doing last minute preparation for the playoffs. Sager, a beloved figure and often a target of jokes by players, has become just as known for his journalistic prowess along with this bizarre attire. The news actually broke when Sager’s son, who also bears his dad’s name, posted to Twitter a series of heartwarming photos of the Sager family on Thursday. The younger Sager is a wide receiver for the University of Georgia.
The younger Sager tweeted that he and his father will be spending time as he undergoes a three to four week treatment for leukemia.
“We’ll be watching lots of basketball together these playoffs. And it’s more time for him to brainstorm some new outfits,” wrote Sager II to a fan.
In a press release, Sager joked that he won’t get to ask San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich questions that the team’s leader always answers in a humorously frosty fashion.
”My favorite time of year – city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights. A dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes. Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop,” wrote Sager.
If the NBA has any class, they’ll have the assigned sideline reporters wearing their best Craig Sager suit combo.
Get well, Craig Sager.
The clip below features some of Coach Popovich’s best moments with Sager on the sidelines as presented by TNT.