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.
The sports community lost a great one today. Rest In Peace Craig Sager. #RIPSager
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) December 15, 2016
R.I.P to Craig Sager. A true definition of a brave, charismatic, stylish, strong man. A true legend to the game of basketball.
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) December 15, 2016
I am deeply Saddened by the loss of Craig Sager #SagerStrong today. Prayers to the Sager Family, We lost a Great1 #NBA @ATLHawksNations pic.twitter.com/pbBIdha2ZC
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager. Your work was first class and your will to live was truly inspiring.
— Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) December 15, 2016
Rest In Peace Craig Sager… Thank you for all your kind words and for showing the true meaning of the word strength.
— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) December 15, 2016
Mr. Sager was one of the most genuine, positive, and kind people I've had the chance to spend time with. He'll be truly missed.
— Sam Dekker (@dekker) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager. Very sad day. Craig had class, integrity & of course, 'flair'. He knew basketball as well as anyone.Craig will be missed…
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) December 15, 2016
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Craig Sager pic.twitter.com/vvayZfy7Re
— NBA (@NBA) December 15, 2016
Long Live Craig. We love you! Rest in Paradise
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) December 15, 2016
1 of a kind! #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/0Q5aGz7w5y
— Chris Paul (@CP3) December 15, 2016
Craig Sager brought so much enthusiasm to the NBA game. But his fight to the end is what really impressed me. RIP to an inspiring man.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) December 15, 2016
RIP Sager… Was always great to see him arriving at work! Left his mark on the game! Rest up
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) December 15, 2016
the sports world lost a legend today. rest in peace Mr. Craig Sager
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) December 15, 2016