Craig Sager Rumors
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.”
The final element of the tribute came in the form of a gesture on behalf of the night’s sponsor, City National Bank. Midway through the first quarter, Warriors President and COO Rick Welts joined City National Executive Vice President Michael Walker to present a $10,000 check to the SagerStrong Foundation, where 100 percent of donations go to cancer research and education.
The Golden State Warriors and TNT will begin the season with a tribute to sideline reporter Craig Sager, who is battling leukemia. TNT will unveil a T-shirt during its Tuesday night studio show that was inspired by the suit Sager wore while receiving the Jimmy Valvano Award at this year’s ESPY Awards. Proceeds from the sale of the shirt will benefit the SagerStrong Foundation.