Craig Sager is one of the most respected personalities in the industry. We often see him animated and jolly as he does NBA courtside reporting. But behind this jolly and happy person is a man fighting for his life.
Sager was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. In a report that appeared in The Washington Post, the popular TNT sideline reporter has been given just 3 – 6 months to live. But Sager chose not to accept the prognosis and vowed to fight for his life. He said he wants to make medical history and turn the 3 – 6 months into five years.
When asked about his chances and how long he has to live, doctors told Sager that he has three to six months to live. However, other people can have only a week, another may live for five years.
“Whatever it takes, I’m not going to be that three to six months. I’m going to be that five years and make medical history. I’m fighting this to the end cause I have too much to do,” Sager said.
The 64-year old reporter was initially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014. Through intensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from his son, Craig Jr, he was able to return to his “NBA on TNT” job in 2015. Cancer came back shortly thereafter, but Sager defeated it a second time and returned to his job in time for the start of the NBA season.
Craig Sager has been a part of the “NBA on TNT” broadcast team for 17 years and he said that he plans to continue appearing as a sideline reporter within the next month or so. He said that being immersed in the world of basketball has helped him cope with the illness.
Sager’s interview with Bernard Goldberg of HBO’s “Real Sports” will air on Tuesday night.
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