Sadly, the NBA has lost one of its most iconic figures; Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager.

Sager had been battling acute myleloid leukemia since his initial diagnosis in 2014. He had been admitted back into the hospital this November after public appearances at the 2016 ESPYs and Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

ESPN reported earlier on Sager’s passing and included a released statement on behalf of Turner Sports:

“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.

“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’s work credits included over three decades of work in the industry that included the NBA, the 1990 FIFA World Cup, the 1992 Winter Olympics, numerous NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments, and many other events.

We at DSN send our greatest condolences to one of the warmest and most charming individuals in the sports industry. We leave here with a memorable video and instant classic of him doing a sideline interview with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in December of 2015. Popovich, no stranger to ‘intriguing’ in-game interviews, put the game second on his list of priorities.

Rest in Peace.

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