Turner Network Television aired a touching tribute video celebrating the life of sideline reporter Craig Sager, who died earlier today from leukemia, which he’d been battling since 2013.
Sager, 65, had been engraved in the memories of basketball fans through the decades, whether it was his colorful wardrobe, his sense of humor, or the candid moments he shared with players at the pinnacle of their careers.
His memory brought plenty of fond moments, anecdotes, stories, and reactions from players, colleagues, and just about everyone who knew him beyond his impeccable work on the sidelines.
We are forever #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/t9C3x6znkb
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 15, 2016
This tribute journals his life — from an up-and-coming journalist to TV anchor, to the edgy sideline reporter that several generations have grown to love.
Sager was more than a TV character; he was a well-known and respected journalistic figure who was always prepared, whether he was covering baseball or basketball. He took a job that is difficult to master and turned it into an art, always doing so enthusiastically with a smile in his face.
A Chicago-area native, Sager had bet on his Chicago Cubs for 35 straight years, and he got his wish early in November after seeing them win for the first time in 108 years.
His imprint and legacy will be one of a fighter, a professional, and a friend to many.
Rest in peace, Craig Graham Sager.