Craig Sager Rumors
The NBA made the first All-Star weekend since Craig Sager’s passing a memorable affair, expertly helmed as always by TNT’s Ernie Johnson. Sager, the longtime sideline reporter from Turner Sports who succumbed to cancer late in 2016, was the inspiration behind a slightly impromptu 3-point, half-court and eventual layup-shooting benefit at Saturday night’s All-Star festivities in New Orleans. A layup hit by Sager’s son Ryan marked a $500,000 donation made from the league and its sponsorship partners to the Sager Strong charity.
Popovich attended Sager’s funeral wearing a paisley tie that the late sideline reporter surely would have approved of — after all he was known for his colorful outfits. Then, when he coached his team later that night, he wore the tie as well. He gave it to the younger Sager on Sunday — who later wrote on Twitter that he was “speechless.”