Turner Sports broadcaster, Craig Sager, died on Thursday of cancer at age 65.
“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us, ” read a statement from Turner president, David Levy. “There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports. While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong.”
Sager, who was known for his colorful suits, endured for a career that spanned over 40 years. Players, coaches, analysts and television producers alike had a deep respect and affinity for the sideline reporter who was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia in 2014. That respect bled over into a Sager Strong movement, which raised money for cancer research, selling articles of clothing with the distinct style of Sager stitched into each piece. After his diagnosis, Sager missed parts of the 2014 and 2015 NBA seasons. In honor of his father, Craig Sager Jr., took over for his dad to conduct a sideline interview with San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, who had, for years, taken a playfully acerbic attitude towards Sager.