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"I’ve said that every day is just a canvas waiting to be painted, and it’s how you live that day."- Craig Sager
During a career that spanned more than 40 years, Sager won the respect and affection of fans, players and colleagues. In June, ABC invited Sager to report from his first NBA Finals game while he was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia. True to form, he turned up in flashy new outfit, shown here as Sager interviews LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sager was a mainstay of NBA broadcast coverage, seen here at courtside during a 2013 Los Angeles Clippers-Brooklyn Nets game. Upon his passing, tributes from across the NBA poured in, with league commissioner Adam Silver saying, “Craig earned widespread respect for his insightful reporting and inspired so many, most recently with his courage.”
“No matter who you are, what stature you are in the NBA, from rookie to perennial All Star, he's going to make you answer the question,” Turner Sports colleague Kenny Smith said of Sager. Here, Sager interviews Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls in 1996 in Milwaukee.
Sager was a sportscaster with wide range, covering the NFL, MLB, golf, college football and college basketball in addition to the NBA. Here, Sager gets showered during a 2010 Texas Rangers post-game celebration alongside player Nelson Cruz in Arlington, Texas.