When Barkley heard Stacy was unavailable, he flew to Phoenix to be by Craig’s side, defying his own doctor’s orders to be with his good friend and colleague. The Hall of Fame forward had hip surgery a few weeks ago and was not cleared to travel. But Barkley told his doctor that he was faced with an emergency. “Craig Sager is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met,” said Barkley, who has worked for years with Sager at TNT. “We go to see Sager to cheer him up, and by the time you leave, you’re like, ‘Is anything wrong with him?’ He has the most positive attitude. “When you go to try and cheer him up, his attitude is so upbeat, he cheers you up.”
Craig Sager Rumors
TNT’s beloved basketball broadcaster received a rare third bone marrow transplant on Wednesday to fight an aggressive form of leukemia. The 65-year-old Sager has battled acute myeloid leukemia since 2014 and announced in March he was no longer in remission. Sager knows the odds are against him. Yet, he seems unfazed. “I like to gamble,” he told The Associated Press. “I like to bet on horses, I like to bet on dogs, I like to bet on a lot of things. I’ve bet on a lot of things with a lot higher odds than this.”
Dr. Muzaffar Qazilbash, Sager’s stem cell transplantation physician, researched thousands of such transplants at MD Anderson over the last 15 years. “It’s less than 1 percent of the total number of transplants,” Qazilbash said. “It’s very rare to have three transplants.” Sager, who has worked for TNT for more than three decades, says he’s open to trying anything doctors think might help.
Sideline reporter and legend Craig Sager has been battling leukemia for three summers now. He’s twice had his cancer go into remission for nearly a year after receiving a bone marrow transplant from his son, Craig Sager II. Wednesday, Sager went through his third bone marrow transplant in three summers with the marrow coming from an anonymous donor this time. His son posted pictures on Twitter of his dad in great spirits and celebrating the transplant that he received through his chest. The transplant is believed to be about 10 hours long. Going through three bone marrow transplants is pretty much unheard of because of how difficult it can be to find a match.
Craig Sager II: Everlasting thrill as he receives the donation through his chest!! What a proud moment!!! 💪 #Incredible #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/PuBdsxp3qA
In a fight for his life, sportscaster Craig Sager is currently awaiting another bone marrow transplant at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston. An Atlanta resident since the 1980’s, Sager has been battling leukemia for almost three years yet continues to have a great attitude about life and recently was given the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY’s. Now 65, Sager has been a mainstay on the NBA court at Turner Sports for 35 years. His extravagant wardrobe is even the envy of the best dressed players in the league and hopes to be back on the sidelines this coming season.