Col­or­ful NBA side­line re­porter Sager, 65, dies

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Craig Sager, the long­time NBA side­line re­porter fa­mous for his flashy suits and prob­ing ques­tions, has died af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer, Turner Sports an­nounced Thurs­day. He was 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,” Turner Pres­i­dent David Levy said in a state­ment. “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.”

Levy’s state­ment did not say when or where Sager died. He had had a third bone mar­row trans­plant at the end of Au­gust in Hous­ton to fight an ag­gres­sive form of leukemia.

Sager, who worked bas­ket­ball games for TNT for nearly a quar­ter­century, re­vealed in March 2016 that his leukemia was no longer in re­mis­sion. He said doc­tors told him the typ­i­cal prog­no­sis was three to six months to live, but “I am re­ceiv­ing the best treat­ment in the world and I re­main fully con­fi­dent I will win this bat­tle.”

Sager first an­nounced in April 2014 that he had been di­ag­nosed with acute myeloid leukemia, and he missed the play­offs and much of the fol­low­ing sea­son as he un­der­went two bone mar­row trans­plants.

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