Longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager is one of the most beloved figures in the NBA, where his kindness and warmth stands out as proudly as his brightly-colored suits. That’s why it’s been so hard for everyone who knows him to watch the legend battle an aggressive strain of leukemia, and why those same people are so willing to step up and help, or at least to let him know how much he means to them.
Now, the NBA itself is doing its part on Tuesday night, the first night of regular season games in the 2016-17 season. They will be auctioning off 100 custom Nike Air Force 1’s, designed by Sager himself, and they partnered with the Sager Strong foundation to sell these wonderful t-shirts, all proceeds for which will go to cancer research.
The Warriors, who play the Spurs Tuesday night, will also be giving away t-shirts with a drawing of Sager on them to every fan in attendance. For that to be the official shirt of the game in which the most talked-about franchise in the NBA makes its season debut is a big deal, and speaks highly of Sager’s stature in the league.
Sager’s form of leukemia is particularly aggressive, as he’s had a rare three bone marrow transplants and remains hospitalized for treatment. We wish him all the best as he fights for his life.
(Via Awful Announcing)