It turns out the news that broke Monday about Craig Sager‘s cancer returning is much worse than initially thought. In a teaser trailer for his interview with HBO Real Sports that is set to air Tuesday night, the 64-year-old veteran reporter acknowledged that the leukemia he’s been battling the past couple of years is no longer in remission. Today, Ben Golliver of SI.com tweeted a photo of the transcript of that interview in which Sager said that doctors have apparently given him three to six months to live.
Sager has been one of the most beloved figures around the league for years, partly because of his affable personality and partly because of his delightfully-outrageous sartorially decisions. In the past few seasons, he’s become widely known for his Laurel and Hardy routine with Gregg Popovich during those brusk sideline interviews the sullen Spurs coach enjoys so much.
He’s received an outpouring of support during his ongoing battle, particularly from Popovich, who is actually quite fond of Sager, all kidding aside. Here’s hoping Sager can be the outlier who goes on to live a happy, healthy life for many more years to come. The NBA world just wouldn’t be the same without him.