“I'd like all of you to join me in an applause for a great man and a life well lived.”
Last week, news of beloved broadcaster Craig Sager’s death sent shockwaves through the NBA and its fans. The flamboyant, likable sideline reporter for TNT had waged a two-year battle against leukemia that saw him bravely face three bone marrow transplants before succumbing to the disease.
Before last night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr grabbed a microphone to honor the broadcaster, known as much for his garishly wonderful wardrobe as his on-the-job professionalism. Kerr reminded the world that Sager’s bright wardrobe mirrored his outlook on life and towards other people, so he opted against the traditional “moment of silence” that’s observed to remember the recently departed.
More in keeping with Sager’s ethos, Kerr urged the fans at Oracle Arena to join him in a moment of hootin’ and hollerin’ joy. It was a wonderful moment that won’t be soon forgotten.
Here it is:
Steve Kerr and Oracle Arena honor Craig Sager before the game #SagerStrong https://t.co/UmQqEtAaHH— NBA on TNT (@NBA on TNT) 1481860455.0
It’s hard to imagine a more fitting tribute to a man who brought joy to so many fans and players.
If you’re unfamiliar with Sager and his flamboyant wardrobe, these interviews with former NBA star Kevin Garnett, who constantly ragged on the man for his blinding suits, will better acquaint you in perfect fashion (pardon the pun):
Chances are, if you those videos are the first introduction to Craig Sager, you already miss the guy. He had that same effect on everyone who had the pleasure of working with him.