Craig Sager Rumors
Kacy Sager: I support @CraigSagerJr finally coming clean about some of the dumbassery we’ve been dealing with. Family is everything, and it’s incredibly painful to know others are trying to erase you from it. Not gonna let it ruin our 2018 though 🙂 Love you guys
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni and his wife Laurel, the Rockets and Spurs all donated $25,000 to the SagerStrong Foundation on Friday, one year since longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager passed following a battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The D’Antonis made the donation in memory of Mike D’Antoni’s father, Lewis, who passed away in October of leukemia. “Just the fight against leukemia and all the diseases, MD Anderson is very good at what they do,” D’Antoni said. “My dad died of leukemia. It’s a fight against something we are aware of. Whatever we can do, as little as it is. And Craig was a friend and meant a lot to the game of basketball.”
The Houston Rockets plan to honor Craig Sager tonight. Here are Pop’s thoughts on Sager: “He wasn’t just an iconic figure everybody saw on TV, his personality, his clothes and the whole deal. But that’s just a small piece of him. We all knew him a lot more closely and intimately. So he’ll always be in everybody’s thoughts. When you have a friend like that that you lose, you don’t forget those people. So at this time, teams are getting together and trying to do what we can to show the love that we all had for him.”
Stacy Sager: There’s a shoe store here in Atlanta that all the athletes go to called Friedman’s, and Shaq would often get his shoes there because, you know, he’s size 22 or whatever it is. They have to be customized. We lived in Atlanta, so Craig would shop there as well, and before Craig had a trip to Orlando or L.A. or wherever he’d be seeing Shaq play, he would tell Friedman’s to get some Shaq shoes ready. Then Craig would physically carry these shoes, sometimes two or three pairs, with him on the road, and hand them to Shaq wherever they met up. Shaq would look at each pair Craig picked out and would be like, “Yep, I want that one,” or “Nope, don’t want that one,” and so on. Then Craig would take the rejects back to Atlanta. They did this for years.
The elder Sager children sat side by side Saturday at Dacula, in a room reserved for referees and staff, as 32 high school teams began play at the inaugural Craig Sager Memorial Basketball Tournament, a four-day event held about a half hour south of Atlanta and featuring some of the best teams in Gwinnett County and the greater Atlanta area.
But honoring their dad, my Turner Sports colleague who died last December from multiple myeloma after a courageous three-year battle, was just beginning. In putting on this tournament, they hope to remind people of the person their dad was. “It’s pretty awesome to do something, and to talk about our dad, and to not have to talk about cancer for the first time since he got sick,” Kacy Sager said. “I’d rather you tell me you got drunk with him after a game or something.”