The National Basketball Association is mourning the passing of broadcaster, Craig Sager.
Sager, who worked in sports broadcasting for over four decades, passed away on Thursday after years of battling cancer. The entire National Basketball Association will observe a moment of silence in tribute to Sager and his role in the continued popularity of the league.
“I — along with the entire NBA family — am deeply saddened by the passing of Craig Sager,” said NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver. “Craig was as vital to the NBA as the players and coaches. A true original and an essential voice on Turner Sports’ NBA coverage for 26 seasons, Craig chronicled some of the most memorable moments in league history and was a ubiquitous presence with his splashy suits and equally colorful personality. Craig earned widespread respect for his insightful reporting and inspired so many, most recently with his courage. Our hearts go out to his wife, Stacy; his children, Kacy, Craig Jr., Krista, Riley and Ryan; and his friends and colleagues.”
“[Craig Sager] was a one-of-a-kind reporter who embodied the spirit of the game of basketball in a truly colorful fashion,” read a statement from the NBA Players Association. “Through his work, he was able to connect players, coaches and fans to the game we all love. The passion and fight he displayed during his battle with cancer is an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sager family at this extremely difficult time.”