HoopsHype Craig Sager rumors

April 21, 2014 Updates

Like pretty much everyone else who saw it, Craig Sager said he was touched by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s message of encouragement to the ailing sideline reporter in his battle with leukemia during Sunday’s playoff game with Dallas. Popovich even pledged to take it easy on Sager should he return to the sideline, a welcome change from the gruff treatment Popovich usually metes out. But Sager told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch on Monday that he wouldn’t have it any other way. “It was just fabulous, an uplifting, tremendous thing for me,” Sager said of Popovich’s address, which was delivered as his son, Craig Sager Jr., stood in while wearing one of his flamboyant outfits. ”Pop saying he wanted me back and then promising to be nice? I was like, Oh, my God, that’s unbelievable, what an honor. But then I started thinking about it: If I come back and Pop starts being nice to me, it just wouldn’t be right. I want him to go Serbian on me.” San Antonio Express-News

April 20, 2014 Updates

As Craig Sager undergoes treatment for leukemia, his son Craig Sager Jr. filled in for him on the sidelines for Game 1 of the Spurs vs. Mavericks in San Antonio Sunday and interviewed Gregg Popovich after the third quarter. Known for their history of hilarious interviews, Pop offered a heartfelt message to Sager to get well soon, “We want your fanny back on the court and I promise I will be nice!” beyondthebuzzer.com

April 18, 2014 Updates
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NBA All-Star weekend has come and gone. Everyone who ever released an album played the festivities, including Pharrell whose song “Happy” has kind of become the unofficial jam of people all around the world who consider bobbing their heads from side to side while walking to be dancing. The NBA took their phantom camera and shot players, fans, cheerleaders, mascots and everyone singing along to the infectious tune. The result included Craig Sager dancing. The Big Lead

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Watch vintage Craig ‘Skywalker’ Sager throw down a monstrous dunk. He may not resemble a world-class athlete now, but TNT’s vibrant sideline man used to cut quite a fearsome figure back in the day, and was the archenemy of backboards nationwide. For The Win

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March 26, 2013 Updates

That Craig Sager is mainly known for his on-air outfits really misses the big picture. Sure, Sager's sartorial idiosyncrasies go way back, to at least an interview in 1974 to become a weatherman in Tampa in what would be his first job in TV. "I wore a blue, white and yellow suit I got from Goodwill," Sager tells USA TODAY Sports. "I got the job but they said I couldn't wear that (on-air) because their cameras couldn't focus on it. Of course, camera technology is much better today." USA Today Sports

Sager has five children including two with wife Stacy, who was a Luvabulls Chicago Bulls dancer. Daughter Riley, 8, helps dad pick out his on-air ties — "and she likes purples and pinks." And no, he doesn't wear his TV clothes off-air. "Of course not. That's my game uniform." And those uniforms occasionally draw criticism. He says he had to take off his "double-silk silver and black" jacket mid-game at the 2001 NBA All-Star game because "it was too reflective" for TV. Plus, TNT's Charles Barkley had said it made him look like "a pimp." NBA star Kevin Garnett once told Sager he should simply "burn" everything he was wearing, including his shoes. (That'd be painful: Sager, not Turner, pays for his on-air threads.) But Sager, whose college education included serving as Northwestern's mascot and whose travels have taken him to more than 250 Hooter's bars as well as to Pamplona to run with the bulls, says he's not planning on toning down his outfits. "It'd be dull. I'd find that very boring. It wouldn't feel right." USA Today Sports

February 16, 2013 Updates

Still, with a captive NBA TV audience watching on Saturday, Sager had to ask. "In the heat of the regular season, obviously, tempers fly and there's a lot of heated arguments," Sager said. "One time during the year, you and Kevin Garnett got into it. As his teammate right now, have you been sharing lockers, sharing stories, getting along with one another?" Melo immediately turned to call Garnett over. "I just want to make sure everything's cool with you guys," Sager told Garnett. "C'mon, man. C'mon, man. C'mon, man," Garnett replied, taking a long hard look at Sager's predictably garish and colorful outfit. "You gonna come in here with that outfit on and ask that type of question." Yahoo! Sports

As Anthony laughed and Garnett tried to walk away, Sager responded in kind. "Speaking of outfits, why are you tucking in your pants [into your socks]?" he asked. "Man, me tucking in socks is nothing compared to this right here," Garnett answered. "What is this, aqua?" Anthony asked, touching Sager's jacket. "Yeah, or turquoise," Sager responded. "What was the influence today? What was your motivation for wearing this today?" Garnett asked. "To wake up," Sager said, eliciting loud laughter from both Melo and KG. "What kind of answer is that?" Garnett asked. Yahoo! Sports

January 22, 2013 Updates

Craig Sager reported this early in Thursday night’s TNT telecast, as seen in the video clip above. “Pau Gasol and I talked to before the game,” Sager said. “He is not at all happy with the decision. He says I have never been a role player in my life. I don’t like it right now. I said, what about the possibility that maybe your time with the Lakers could be coming to an end at the All-Star break or the trade deadline? He said it certainly looks like a possibility to me.” NBCSports.com

August 10, 2012 Updates

Jeff Zillgitt: Said Gasol when Sager wanted a comment: "Look I'm trying to focus here. ... So I had to give him a little something so he could go away." Twitter

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