Thursday nights on TNT are never going to be quite as colorful again.
Craig Sager, the very smooth and wildly dressed sideline reporter for TNT, has lost his battle with leukemia and passed away at the age of 65. He will be missed.
But we also want to celebrate a life well lived, one in the public eye where his personality drew you in, where he was the consummate professional, and where his suits always made for great banter with players and coaches.
What was his greatest interview? The Starters of NBA TV did a fantastic compilation, which is above. My personal favorite is this one with Kevin Garnett.
Gregg Popovich was brilliant in welcoming Sager back to the sidelines after one of his rounds of battle with the disease.
Of course, what we remember more from the Sager/Popovich meetups were ones like this.
A life-long Cubs fan, Sager got to see his team win the World Series. And, he got to sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”