It wasn’t all that long ago that we saw Craig Sager doing what he does best — hanging out on an NBA sideline in his amazing suits, bugging Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Sadly, on Monday, we saw Sager in a much different light, as the famous sideline reporter shared with HBO Sports that his leukemia is no longer in remission:
I understand that last month, in February, that you heard from the doctors again, and you’re not in remission anymore. Do I have that right?
So what’s next?
Well, uncharted waters. I’ve already had two stem cell transplants. Very rarely does somebody have a third. So I have to maintain my strength so I can go through this.
How are you feeling today?
Still kicking, still fighting,. I haven’t won the battle. It’s not over yet. But I haven’t lost it either. There’s been some victories and some setbacks. But I have to keep fighting it. There’s still a lot of work to do.
Sager was initially diagnosed with acute leukemia in spring of 2014. He has twice bounced back from the disease, thanks in large part to a bone marrow transplant from his son, also named Craig: