On Sunday, TNT made the perfect choice to fill in for sideline reporter Craig Sager.
They went with his son Craig Jr.
The result was touching, most of all for his father, who will miss the NBA playoffs this year as he undergoes treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. His outfit was a little more subdued than his dad’s, but the ponytail helped make up for that.
Just a section of the closet. The coat I wore was bc it was the only one with the tag on so I knew he hadn’t worn it pic.twitter.com/kegVyergBm— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 20, 2014
And, to boot, there was a sideline interview with San Atonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, with whom his dad has had a number of memorable encounters. This one was especially nice, though, with the Spurs occasionally irascible coach sending a message during the Spurs-Dallas Mavericks game.
“We miss you,” Popovich said into the camera. “You’ve been an important part of all of this for a long time doing a great job. We want your fanny back on the court and I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here. Good luck.”
Arrived this morning to do a taped interview with Pop. He goes no, we’re doing this live 3rd qtr just like your Dad. pic.twitter.com/RPAwIt7tvR— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 20, 2014
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Popovich wasn’t the only one thinking of the elder Sager. The TNT studio crew paid their own tribute.
Sager’s leukemia was announced by his son on Twitter on Thursday night and Sager released a statement Friday night:
My favorite time of year – city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights. A dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes. Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop.