NBA reporter Craig Sager to begin treatment for acute leukemia, son says
APR 18, 2014 1:10p ET
Veteran sideline reporter Craig Sager, known for his bright personality and even brighter colored suits, has been diagnosed with acute leukemia and will begin treatment Friday, according to his son.
UPDATE: Sager issued this statement through Turner Sports:
"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."
Craig Sager Jr. tweeted the following Thursday night, suggesting his father would not be covering the NBA playoffs in the immediate future:
My Dad's 3-4-week acute leukemia treatment starts tmrw.Be thinking of him & let's get him back on the sidelines soon pic.twitter.com/5CNI55p2Gx— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 17, 2014
@MikeSolarte Thanks.We'll be watching lots of basketball together these playoffs. And it's more time for him to brainstorm some new outfits.— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 17, 2014
The elder Sager has long covered basketball for Turner Sports, including "The NBA on TNT" and the NCAA tournament. He also appears on TBS' MLB postseason coverage and has previously reported at the Olympics and the World Cup.
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