HoopsHype Craig Sager rumors


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Sager, who was diagnosed with leukemia in early 2014, was not at Madison Square Garden, but he was able to make an appearance on the pregame show from Orlando, Florida. During his appearance, Sager interviewed New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. Like the rest of us, Anthony was thrilled to see the sideline reporter back in action. Bleacher Report

Craig Sager — and his suits — are coming back to the NBA. The longtime sideline reporter on TNT made a cameo appearance during Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game, appearing live on the broadcast from Orlando, where he’s continuing to get well following a leukemia diagnosis that took him out of the game almost a year ago. “(I”m feeling) great E.J.,” he told Ernie Johnson, the TNT host. “I went from receiving my last rites in the hospital to soaking up the fountain of youth here in Florida, so life is great.” New York Daily News

Now, nearly 10 months later, Sager is planning a return to the sidelines in March, with plans on sticking around through the playoffs. “(I’ll) be coming back around March 1st if everything goes well these next few weeks,” the 63-year-old added. TNT has a doubleheader on March 5 — the Thunder at the Bulls followed by the Mavericks at the Trailblazers. “I’m looking forward to getting back in March and April and being there for the playoffs,” he added. New York Daily News

February 2, 2015 Updates

Jared Zwerling: Chatted w/ Craig Sager. Won't be at All-Star; still recovering. Hopes March return. Has been nominated for Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy award. Twitter @JaredZwerling

November 27, 2014 Updates

But anyone planning to give him the business about his taste should know this: His choice of suit for one day next February, his target for returning to work as the best sideline reporter in any sport, wasn't decided on a whim. Cancer has adopted certain colors for awareness, you see, such as pink for breast cancer. Orange is for leukemia, the disease that invaded Sager's life and threatened to take it. He's in full remission now, though he's still waiting to get medical clearance to do everyday stuff the rest of us take for granted. And so he pines for the day he'll be back doing NBA games while his orange suit blends with all the orange basketballs, an ensemble which will seem so ... perfect. NBA.com

Blood tests and bone marrow biopsies confirmed the worst. He spent his days getting chemo, his nights watching the playoffs carry on without him, and both carried their own manner and degree of torture. Neither compared with the impact his disease had on his ability to relate to his family. Stacy became his tireless caregiver and often slept on the sofa in the hall, outside his hospital room. Their two young children stayed home. Sager has three adult children from his first marriage, too. Their visits were welcome but heart-wrenching. "The two girls were really emotional," Sager said. "They would keep it inside until they got out of the room. Then I'd hear them break down. That hurt me." NBA.com

Not long after the transplant, Sager developed pneumonia, "and that was the worst," said Stacy. "That took a toll." More tests, more visits, more treatment, more worries. Stacy developed shingles from the stress. Eventually, Sager's system improved, the pneumonia was cured and Sager was on his feet again. He's down to two treatments a week. "When I first came home from the hospital, I was crying," he said. "I had missed the sound of the birds, the smell of the grass, the feel of the air. And of course, I missed seeing my kids." NBA.com

But Popovich just ... wouldn't ... leave ... the Sagers ... alone. "He called me four or five times in the next month to check on me and my dad," said Junior, and remember, Pop and the Spurs were in the heat of the playoff run. Pop's timing was downright surreal, too. "He called the day of my sister Krista's graduation from the University of Georgia, because my dad couldn't make it," said Junior. "And this was before a game against Portland." NBA.com

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Craig Sager: I felt a little weird during the game, but I handled it all right. Then I had to do postgame interviews and I was really feeling tired and weak, and it was hard to walk back and forth without stopping and catching my breath. So I talked to Dr. Tarek O. Souryal, the Mavericks' team physician. He did my knee surgery about 12 years ago when I was skiing, so we've been friends. He said, "You've got to go to the hospital. Emergency room." And I said, "When?" He said, "Now." Bleacher Report

Craig Sager: So I went to the hospital, and they checked my hemoglobin and said I was 4.6, and you're supposed to be between 13 to 16. They said, "You're walking dead"—that they never had anybody functioning, let alone standing, with a hemoglobin that low. Usually somebody who's that low has been in a car accident and lost tons of blood or had some type of trauma. The doctors told me the fact that I was in good shape pushed me through the illness, but my body finally just had enough and it hit a brick wall. The next thing that could've happened is my body would've shut down and I might have had a heart attack. Bleacher Report

Craig Sager: After I was in Dallas for three days for tests, I flew back to Atlanta, where I had two bone marrow biopsies, and it was eventually determined that I had leukemia. Since then, I've been mostly in isolation in a private room within the blood and bone marrow transport unit of a hospital in Atlanta. The room has special ventilation, and there can't even be any lettuce or fresh vegetables inside because they might have some type of bacteria on them. Bleacher Report

Craig Sager: Tuesday was my best day since I started treatment. I turned the corner, as I'm now building my own white blood corpuscles. All the doctors say I'm doing remarkable, doing the best I can possibly do, no bad reactions. I haven't had any aftereffects from the chemo, and I'm staying healthy. The doctors said that being in good shape is a big factor, and I'm not on any oxygen, all my organs are good, my heart is perfect. So they're very pleased with what's going on. The best therapy for me has been the playoffs; thank God for that. They do chemo right there at your bedside, so right from day one I was watching the games. Bleacher Report

Craig Sager: Junior tried to be prepared. It's a hell of a lot easier if the Spurs are winning, but not only did the Spurs lose their lead in the third quarter, but Tim Duncan also got hurt, banged his knee, and he was out of the game. I was cringing, but he did such a great job and Pop was fantastic, making his comments afterward about getting me back there. That brought tears to my eyes. It couldn't have been a better start to my therapy to see something like that. Bleacher Report

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

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