Craig Sager Rumors
The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame has announced its 10th annual class of inductees and it’s a very distinguished group of honorees. Included in the group are familiar broadcastsers like Verne Lundquist, Tim McCarver and Robin Roberts, executives like CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and former MSG Network president Joe Cohen, and famed baseball director Bill Webb. But the one person who leads this particular class is Craig Sager. The NBA on TNT sideline reporter who has been undergoing an extended battle with leukemia will also be part of the latest group of honorees for the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
“I am so proud of this book and proud of the story we lived through to make this the inspirational and up close and personal message we hoped to tell when we got this opportunity,” Craig II told me this weekend. “And we got this opportunity at the worst time (in April). The HBO Real Sports segment just aired about him having 3-6 months to live. We didn’t know about the ESPYS yet. All we knew was that he had leukemia for a third time and it was worse than ever. I thought I had seen the power of mental strength and support the first two years. But that third time was so incredible that it put the whole thing in perspective. It doesn’t feel like I wrote a book because the entire period; I was so in the moment and focused that the future I am living in now didn’t feel possible.”
Craig Sager II: Just two Cubs fans celebrating a successful procedure, a birthday & a WORLD SERIES in the same day!!!! #SagerStrong #ThankYouCubs
As a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Craig Sager always knew his team’s day would eventually come. After it finally did early Wednesday morning in a thrilling win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series, Sager’s son, Craig Sager II, tweeted out a page from his dad’s soon-to-be-released autobiography, “Living Out Loud” that says he has been betting on the Cubs to win it all since 1981 and put $1,000 on them to win the 2016 World Series before the season began.
Popovich would admit he’s never been a fan of mid-game interviews, but he holds a special place in his heart for Sager, who continues to inspire the Hall-of-Fame coach with his persistent optimism in the face of adversity. “He’s somebody who’s endured more than I can even imagine,” said Popovich. “All the treatment he’s gone through, and it seems to go up and down, and up and down. He’s high and then he’s dejected because of what’s going on with his health. He’s been through it all, and he still smiles, he still jokes. He’s still got a great sense of humor. You can still talk to him about anything. He’s just an iconic and weird and wonderful guy all at the same time, and I mean that lovingly.”