Longtime TNT NBA broadcaster Craig Sager has passed away from a long battle with leukemia. Turner Sports released a statement with the news:
Sager, known for the outlandish suits and outfits he would wear during broadcasts, started his TV career as a weatherman in Tampa, then got a job covering the Atlanta Hawks for TBS Superstation before moving to being an NBA reporter on TNT.
Sager was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014, and he missed the entire 2014 NBA Playoffs to start treatment. He went into remission after receiving a bone marrow transplant from his son, Craig Sager Jr., but announced in March 2016 that his cancer had returned.
"Over the last two years, I’ve done everything in my power to live my life as normally as possible. But at times, you need support and I’m so thankful to everyone who has been there for me," Sager said in May.
He received the Jimmy V Award at the ESPYs this past year, and gave an inspirational speech about battling cancer:Back to the NBA Newsfeed