HoopsHype Craig Sager rumors


March 6, 2015 Updates

The next afternoon, Stacy flew to Dallas. The doctors, still unsure of what was wrong with their patient, didn’t want to release Sager, but he was adamant. Stacy drove him to the airport, put her husband in a wheelchair and pushed him toward their gate. “I was scared he wasn’t going to make it out of that airport,” Stacy said. “Then when we got on the plane, I asked the flight attendants if there was a defibrillator on board. I was worried that he was going to have a heart attack. He was so weak, so pale. He just had no color to him at all.” Bleacher Report

Stacy drove her husband home. He was desperate to see his two youngest children. (Sager has three older children, including Craig Jr., from a previous marriage.) After embracing them, he couldn’t climb the stairs to reach his bedroom, so he lay down in the living room. “I wasn’t really sleeping and I wasn’t really awake,” Sager said. “I was in pain, and it was like I saw my spirit or soul or something just floating a few feet from me. I reached for it, but I couldn’t get it. That’s when I told Stacy it was time to go back to the hospital.” Bleacher Report

The 63-year-old cancer survivor slid into his Corvette, flipped the ignition and rumbled through the sleepy streets of Canton, a town of 24,000 located on the northern outskirts of Atlanta. Sager hadn’t been among strangers since that harrowing hour last spring when he was issued what could have been his death sentence: a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. But now, in four days, he was slated to return to the NBA sideline—on March 5, in Chicago, for the Bulls-Thunder game—and return to his life that was ripped away from him last April. “I probably should have been dead,” said Sager, a gleam of wonder in his brown eyes, as he waited at a stoplight behind the wheel. “But this is the truth: I never had a bad day. Never. Never said, ‘Why me?’ "I’ve had a charmed life. I won the lottery in marrying my wife, Stacy. My kids are a joy. I figured it was just my turn for some bad luck. I didn’t volunteer for it, but I accepted it.” Bleacher Report

March 5, 2015 Updates

Chris Paul: Welcome back my man Craig Sager to the sidelines and support LLS by going to @Chideo #SageLife @NBAonTNT http://t.co/8SOpe3dn5R Twitter @CP3

March 4, 2015 Updates

Reggie Miller: Return of the Jedi, Craig Sager is back people!! Thurs March 5th, 8pm ET on TNT, OKC vs Chi..… instagram.com/p/zz7QELTBOo/ Twitter @ReggieMillerTNT

February 25, 2015 Updates
February 16, 2015 Updates

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

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