Legendary Sideline Reporter Dies at 65

Adam Kinberg '18, Staff Writer

The basketball world was struck with grief on December 15th with the news of the death of Craig Sager.

The network’s president David Levy confirmed his passing by saying “Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us, there will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports.”

Sager was known for his colorful personality with equally colorful suits on the sideline. Sager fought acute myeloid leukemia since it was discovered in 2014. Sager was admitted to the hospital in late November.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver commented “I, along with the entire NBA family, am deeply saddened by the passing of Craig Sager,¬†Craig was as vital to the NBA as the players and coaches. A true original and an essential voice on Turner Sports’ NBA coverage for 26 seasons, Craig chronicled some of the most memorable moments in league history and was a ubiquitous presence with his splashy suits and equally colorful personality.”

Sager gave a very emotional speech at the ESPYs when he received the Jimmy V award for Perseverance. Vice President Joe Biden presented Sager with the award. Sager’s most memorable quote from the ESPYs was “Time is simply how you live your life.”

Sager will never be forgotten for the great work he has done for the sports world.