Craig Sager passed away at age 65 on Thursday after a long battle with cancer, and the basketball world is in mourning. Sager was a broadcaster with Turner Sports for more than three decades and became known for his flashy sense of style while doing sideline reporting during nationally televised NBA games.
“I — along with the entire NBA family — am deeply saddened by the passing of Craig Sager,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “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. Craig earned widespread respect for his insightful reporting and inspired so many most recently with his courage. Our hearts go out to his wife, Stacy; his children, Kacy, Craig Jr., Krista, Riley and Ryan; and his friends and colleagues.”
Here’s a sampling of reactions from those around the league who knew Sager the best.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) 15 December 2016
I spent time with Craig Sager in Russia at the Goodwill Games.He had unique depth.Those 2 weeks made me forever look beyond the wacky suits
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) 15 December 2016
RIP Sager… Was always great to see him arriving at work! Left his mark on the game! Rest up
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) 15 December 2016
The sports community lost a great one today. Rest In Peace Craig Sager. #RIPSager
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) 15 December 2016
All my thoughts to Craig Sager's family. Thanks for your positive energy and crazy suits. #RIP
— Boris Diaw (@theborisdiaw) 15 December 2016
Outpouring of support around the league was unprecedented for a non-player or coach. That says everything about how much people liked Craig.
— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) 15 December 2016
the sports world lost a legend today. rest in peace Mr. Craig Sager
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) 15 December 2016
RIP Craig Sager.. You will be remembered forever..
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) 15 December 2016
— NBA (@NBA) 15 December 2016
Long Live Craig. We love you! Rest in Paradise
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) 15 December 2016
Craig Sager brought so much enthusiasm to the NBA game. But his fight to the end is what really impressed me. RIP to an inspiring man.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) 15 December 2016
Rest In Peace Craig Sager… Thank you for all your kind words and for showing the true meaning of the word strength.
— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) 15 December 2016
— Leandro Barbosa (@TheBlurBarbosa) 15 December 2016
R.I.P Craig Sager !! You will always be with us You brought fans closer to the game in a fun way..humanizing coaches, fashion, wit, LEGEND!
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) 15 December 2016
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) 15 December 2016