Craig Sager says his leukemia is no longer in remission
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:
1 mile of laps & all smiles the day before the transplant. You did your part chemo. Now it's my turn ?#GetWellSager pic.twitter.com/MIm4kt1Ez2— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) July 2, 2014
When Sager made his most recent return earlier this season, as his leukemia officially went into remission, Popovich was there to greet him with open arms.
Craig Sager interviews Coach Pop during the break. https://t.co/F8pvWnc4U1— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 4, 2015
It's a sight we hope to see in the near future, even with Sager's unfortunate update on Monday. According to Yahoo Sports, Sager plans on continuing to work NBA sidelines for now.
The whole sports world is rooting for you, Craig Sager. Here's to your continued fight.