Craig Sager Rumors
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.
We caught up with Sager, who provided this update: “I was blessed with a wonderful childhood growing up in Batavia, Ill., I furthered my education at Northwestern University, and I climbed the career ladder as a News Director, Meteorologist, and a Sports Director in Sarasota, Tampa-St. Pete, Ft. Myers, Kansas City, and Atlanta where I have spent the past 35 years as loyal employee at Turner Broadcasting. “I have met life’s challenges by climbing the Great Wall of China, riding with the bulls in Pamplona, sailing the Pacific Ocean with Ted Turner, jumping out of airplanes over Kansas, hang gliding off the cliffs of Mexico, bungee jumping atop a tower in San Antonio, and swimming with the sharks in the Caribbean.
Team USA showed Sages love, and even Joe Biden paid tribute to the man. Before Sager became an inspiration to those fighting cancer, however, he was primarily known for his amazingly crazy style — and that’s what Jordan brand decided to highlight when they made him a signature shoe. The above design, with the fantastic “Sager Vision” slogan across the soles, is perfectly emblematic of Craig’s aesthetic, which is to say it toes the line between a tacky eyesore and a revolutionary advancement of style. Is it gorgeous?
Last week, we told you about the unfortunate news that Craig Sager won’t be going to Brazil for the Olympics due to needing a bone marrow transplant. Sager had been looking forward to working the sidelines for Team USA men’s basketball games. Well, NBC didn’t have to go far to find a replacement. It has announced that it will slide Ros Gold-Onwude from the women’s sidelines to the men’s games. Gold-Onwude certainly knows the players being a sideline reporter for the Golden State Warriors on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area for two seasons. Her national profile is rising as she worked the NCAA Tournament for CBS/Turner and now has this high-profile assignment at the Olympics. During the Warriors offseason, Gold-Onwude has been the analyst for New York Liberty games on MSG Network.
Craig Sager’s fight with leukemia will prevent the basketball sideline reporter form covering the Rio Olympics for NBC. NBC said Thursday in a statement that the 65-year-old Sager is preparing for a third bone marrow transplant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and announced in March that he was no longer in remission.