Iconic NBA Personality Craig Sager Died and the Tributes Immediately Followed

Known for his warm personality and sharp clothes, the longtime sideline reporter will be missed.

Beloved NBA sideline reporters Craig Sager died from a years-long battle with cancer on Thursday. The 65-year-old publicly battled leukemia since his first diagnosis in 2014, and remained a part of the NBA community as he struggled through remission, bone marrow transplants and the cancer’s eventually, fatal return.

The tributes to Sager began pouring in after his death was announced, with the most touching come form his longtime colleagues at Turner Sports, where he spent decades covering sports for CNN and TNT.

The NBA players who Sager covered over the years also chimed in with heartfelt words for the man with the wild suits.

Among the most creative acknowledgements of Sager’s passing came from the Milwaukee Bucks, who trotted out some garish warm ups that would have made him man proud. 


In recent years, some one Sager’s best moments came alongside San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, whose banter between quarters with Sager provided some of most entertaining moments in sports TV.


The famously grumpy coach got emotional when speaking to the media about the death of his friend.