Last week Craig Sager, a TNT reporter, revealed to HBO’s Real Sports that his leukemia is no longer in remission. The 64-year-old was first diagnosed in April of 2014 and has since gone through multiple forms of treatment.
“I’ve already had two stem cell transplants. Very rarely does somebody have a third,” Sager told HBO. “So I have to maintain my strength, so I can go through this.”
After being given a 3-6 month diagnosis, Sager has promised to fight to the end. During last night’s broadcast, Sager displayed the optimism that has won over the hearts of millions.
“I think my demise has been prematurely reported. I’m going to make medical history,” Sager said.
Following the Warriors’ 102-94 victory over the Washington Wizards, Sager interviewed MVP frontrunner Stephen Curry. Golden State’s point guard thanked Sager for being an inspiration to the team and concluded by saying the mentality Sager has is “contagious.”
Curry wasn’t alone Tuesday night in showing support for Sager however, as Wizards coach Randy Wittman also paid respect to the legendary reporter.
“Well, first of all, this game means nothing, Craig,” said Wittman. “It’s been 32 years since I’ve known you, and there’s a lot of people out there that are praying for you and you gotta just keep fighting, because I love that you’re back here. I miss you, and we’ll continue to pray for you, and you just keep fighting.”
The love for Sager around the NBA is tremendous, and the will and determination to keep going that he shows is in fact, inspiring. As Sager himself has said, ‘it’s not over yet.’
We’re all pulling for you, Craig.