Craig Sager

The NBA's beloved sideline announcer Craig Sager lost his long battle with acute myeloid leukemia (cancer of the blood). He was 65.

Since his humble beginnings as a reporter in 1981, Sager covered a variety of sports for TBS, TNT and CNN.

The bodacious sports journalist was best known for his vibrant, colorful suits that brightened up the sidelines at hundreds of NBA games.

Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin, on behalf of the Atlanta Hawks club, remembered Sager as "a great broadcaster and friend," who "was an essential part of the NBA experience for fans".

Read the Hawks' full statement below.

Statement from the Atlanta Hawks -- "We are tremendously saddened by the passing of Craig Sager. I was honored to work with him during my time at TNT. He was a great broadcaster and friend. Craig was an essential part of the NBA experience for fans as he brought the game and wonderful stories of our stars into the living rooms of so many through his outstanding and always entertaining reports."

"Craig will always hold a special place within our Hawks family as he chose to call our great city home and was a regular at Philips Arena along with his beautiful family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family, friends and fans."

Statement from President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer:

"Craig was a great ambassador for our game and someone we will all truly miss. He had the unique ability to connect with people and it showed in his work and passion for life. I'm fortunate to have been able to work with him and call him a friend."

"On behalf of the team, coaches and front office, we extend our deepest condolences to his family."

The Hawks will pay tribute to Sager with a moment of silence and special video presentation prior to Saturday's game at Philips Arena versus the Charlotte Hornets. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I don't know who he is but rest in peace.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Awwww, I liked him, his suits were pure comedy. RIP, Mr. Sager.

  • iWasteTime

    RIP
    My Favorite Sager moment is when KG tells him to take his WHOLE Outfit off and burn it ... lol

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    This has been a year.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Rip .
    I missed you roses , life is really challenging me right now , time for great changes .
    Hugs.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    A terrible one. For me at least.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Bwahahahahahahaha!!!! I think he was color-blind. Correction, I hope he was color-blind.

  • Hill Candy

    RIP

  • Saharabutnotdry

    +1 and everybody I know .

  • nucynu25

    keep pushing boo : hugs:

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Thank you ?

  • nucynu25

    Auntie can you delete & burn that last post ? The level of disrespect shown towards my baby is shameful ..

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Wait what ? Where? I need to see pjease

  • iWasteTime

    lol. I loved Sager and Walt Fraizer because of their style

  • iWasteTime

    Correct!
    I didn't even scroll through it ... tuh

  • Junkanoo

    Not into sports so am not sure who he is but I like his colourful style. Some say 9 years have a lot of death associated with because its the ending of a cycle. 2016 adds up to 9 vibration ,9 is a master number the great teacher . 2017 adds up to a 1 vibration starting a new cycle am curious to see if it resets this messy past year or if the madness marches on

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Sorry. I thought the Roses would go IN on Drake worse than they did.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c5524b933f3a29872256af8b9d30b4c9ec5914b980fdc0a0817cbbe688aa153.gif

  • Renee Bee

    Yoohoo Sahara! New Year with great possibilities ahead! Go forth and conquer!

  • deadellamore

    RIP...such a colorful guy inside and out.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    I will believe that , thank you dear .

  • Saharabutnotdry

    I read somewhere that 2017 will be way worse , I can't !

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Because he's cappuccino ? Or because of Hanukkah?

  • Renee Bee

    Don't much about numerology, but
    Cubs won...
    Trump won...
    The Russians are coming...
    Prince gone home...
    Maybe a rip in the Time/ Space Continum.
    What do I know.?
    Blessings to all in the New Year!

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Condolences to his family. Loved watching the games on TNT just to see his ensemble.

  • nucynu25

    Not funny Auntie ..

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    It was always a joy to see him, seemed like such a humble man.

    May his family have comfort during their time of grief

  • Chardonnai

    My grandma died from leukemia. By the time they found out it was too late to do any bone marrow transfusions, because of her age.

    RIP to Mr. Sager. My husband was pretty shocked last night about this.

  • Renee Bee

    Rest peacefully, Big Guy.

  • Renee Bee

    Nucy, it was a little funny. ?

  • nucynu25

    I find no humor on the ugly-ness that was bestowed upon him ..he didnt deserve that

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Sorry for your loss

  • Renee Bee

    Bwahahaha! It comes with the territory. He's a big boy.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    It's shame, so said when folks die during the holidays.

  • YouWearItWell

    Very sad. Rest In Peace. This year has been very saddening.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    I wish I knew who he was , many people seem to like him , cancer is scary to me , how do you know you have it ?

    Anyways , my childhood friend passed away on Monday from a fall , she was 36 y.o , slipped and fell ok? Brain hemorrhage , 2 days later she is now gone leaving a toddler behind .
    Why can't God take assholes ?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    See y'all later.

  • nucynu25

    Where you going ?

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    and why

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Sorry to here that. HUGS

  • MoniquetheGeek

    Or when Shaq called his jacket horr-awful (horrible and awful) HAHA.

  • Chardonnai

    Its that time of year. It's like God has a check list. Its weird.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    Sorry for your loss

  • Chardonnai

    Wow. I'm sorry to hear that.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Ohh stop Killer. MAUH

    happy friday

  • Torae

    This has been a tough year. I know for me it started off horrible and ended horrible with deaths at the beginning and end of this year with a lot of life struggles in between. I pray 2017 is a lot less stressful?

  • Chardonnai

    I thik we all need a check for PTSD for just surviving this year. From Prince dying, to Ali dying, to Tommy from Martin dying, then having to process that a circus clown will be our president. It was too damn much. Brain on overload.

  • hi-liter

    Craig Sager seemed like a genuinely nice, humble guy that
    was respected and beloved among the NBA players, coaches and fellow
    commentators. I hate cancer (lost one of my brother’s to non-hodgkins limp at 29 y.o.) and when people that seem to don’t deserve this disease die, it really makes me sad!

  • MyNameIs

    Awww RIP. Cancer sucks!

  • SpillyNillie

    My son's grandmother died from AML..it's a tough one to beat. RIP.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    May he be doing whatever he liked up there now . Stay strong .

  • hi-liter

    Thanks Sahara.

  • MyNameIs

    Oh gosh. So sorry.

  • MyNameIs

    ?????

  • MyNameIs

    But it is. ?

  • nucynu25

    Dont encourage them.

  • nucynu25

    kisses..same to you . Hope you hve a lovely & peaceful day .

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Awww so sad I loved his suits

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Thank you , this death got me thinking about a lot .

  • nucynu25

    Life is short .

  • Chardonnai

    Yeah it is. It was really nothing the doctors could do for grandmother once they finally figured out what was wrong. She lived about 3 months after. She was 86.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Very! I need to get my shit together in case some happens , I don't want my daughter to grow up in foster homes .

  • nucynu25

    Man , i hate when i log into FB & the 1st think i see is my nudes & "would you like to upload? " Scariest 2 seconds evahhhh...

  • CaliVirgo

    Nudes??

  • MyNameIs

    Giiiirrrrl.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    So why are you taking nudes ?
    Lol

  • MyNameIs

    Sending them to Sandra for the purse.

  • iWasteTime

    lolol

  • nucynu25

    LMAO ..I fukin screamed.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    ???????

  • SummerBaby

    Sending condolences to you & your fam.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Shoutout to the postal delivery men / women In Chicago , deadly temps and they are still doing their jobs . Couldn't be me.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Condolences to his family. And I freaking HATE cancer

  • SummerBaby

    Sorry for your loss. ??

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Sorry for your loss

  • MyNameIs

    Huh?

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Thank you .

  • MyNameIs

    Nvm I got it lol. I thought some temp workers were getting killed on their routes. Sheesh! I need some sleep.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Man, so young. Love to y'all

  • Sage

    Awful thing

  • CaliVirgo

    ?lol

  • Saharabutnotdry

    LOL! I'm Waching this lady genuinely going from house to house and it's frozen land in here while my ass called off.
    Sheeeesh

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Thank you , that boy ...

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Too heavy a topic.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Too heavy topic.

  • CaliVirgo

    New post Mar Mar say he ain't le ghey

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    My kids were crushed as they are sports fans and loved seeing his suits. May he rest in peace....

  • CaliVirgo

    Chokie choke you ok love?

  • nucynu25

    Gotta keep it sexy

  • Junkanoo

    Sadly I think you're right, l have had my fill , 2016 was ugly

  • hi-liter

    Appreciate it Ara.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Simply awful . We need someone to pray for us .

  • hi-liter

    Thank you Summer.

  • KcoolMuziq

    This is a horrible year. EVERYONE is just leaving by the droves....

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Love to you

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    God bless him. He will be missed

  • Sexy CJ
  • CapricornIce

    Cancer sucks.

  • Low E. TUH!

    IMA NEED FOR HIM TO BE DRENCHED WITH SAUCE AT HIS WAKE AND FUNE...IF NOT SOMEBODY NEEDS TO BE FIRED! RIP!!!

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    It's only right! I like your style.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch
  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    He would've been better off telling us water ain't le wet and Oreos ain't le round and le cream filled. He is an OLD queen.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Prayers for his family and my condolences to them. I'm thankful he is no longer suffering, but he will be missed.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Prayers for his family and my condolences to them. I'm thankful he is no longer suffering, but he will be missed.

  • CaliVirgo

    ???

  • Low E. TUH!

    IT'S ONLY RIGHT!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Sad but there's nothing I can do to change it

  • Rahab

    ? Gots to be careful

  • VM

    God has called you home, no more pain and suffering in this life. I pray for strength for his family especially his wife, he held on long enough to celebrate their anniversary. Why the good have to go so soon? I am glad that he didn't let the diagnosis kill him mentally and spiritually, he fought to the very end covering NBA games and the finals when he was able. Much respect rest in heaven Mr. Sager, I salute you!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout
  • CaliVirgo

    This is horrible..I am so so sorry for your losses choke.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Background checks are a MUST, thank you.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Very sad! Rest in peace.