Craig Sager was a beloved figure in the sports world and deservedly so.

He set the example for sideline reporting for over 30 years and became well known for his eccentric outfits. Thursday afternoon news circulated that he passed away after a long battle with Leukemia.

Many around the league were shocked to hear the news expecting him to win the fight. It didn't take long for messages to flood the internet as players reacted to the news of Sager's passing.

You can read some of the many heartfelt goodbyes below from players and staff around the league.

All of the fans and the entire NBA family will miss Craig Sager dearly.

#sagerstrong RIP TO THE LEGEND!

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#RIP Craig Sager. You lived your life full of love and full of fun. That's how you live your life.

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