VIDEO: Sager At Christmas
HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – Another NBA star is making his return to action on Thursday.
Craig Sager will make his 2014-15 debut on the sidelines of TNT’s broadcast of Oklahoma City-Chicago at 8 p.m. ET. The league hasn’t been the same without Sager and his sartorial splendor, and he gave us a reminder of what we’ve been missing when he interviewed Carmelo Anthony remotely before the All-Star Game.
Sager was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last April. Since then, he’s gone through a bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy and a bout with pneumonia. He hoped to return in person for All-Star weekend last month, but needed to wait a few more weeks so that his immune system would be strong enough to handle being around a crowd.
Back in November, our Shaun Powell chronicled Sager’s fight…
He’s paid to be curious, and curiosity leads to questions. But interestingly enough, Sager didn’t ask a single question of the doctors when he was diagnosed with adult acute myeloid leukemia soon after feeling woozy last April.
Not even, Am I going to get through this?
“I didn’t have to,” he said. “I knew something was wrong. I figured whatever they’re doing to me, it’s designed to help me. I put my trust in them and did whatever they asked.”
This is where Stacy comes in. She is blond and beautiful and a former member of the Bulls dance team, and beneath the glossy exterior is a fierce and protective wife and mother of two. And an investigative reporter, because she took the mic from her husband and was relentless.
“I asked enough questions to the point where I probably drove the physicians crazy,” she said. “I had to do everything I could. I wanted to know why things were done: Why do you have him on this antibiotic? Just little things like that. I had to, because he is my life.”
This week, Sager spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and explained why he had to make a change of plans in regard to the suit he’ll be wearing…
I picked out leukemia’s colors which are orange and was going to come back wearing a orange coat and a pinstripe linen shirt. But that was when I thought I was coming back in the fall and it is going to be five degrees in Chicago so it would be a little out of place. It also doesn’t fit. So I have picked out something and got it made with Chicago colors in it. Also, my feet are swollen so I am not going to be wearing my normal crocs or ostrich shoes so Nike said they are making me a special pair of shoes.
Welcome back, Craig. The NBA is a better place with you on our TV.