WATCH: Craig Sager Vows to Return Next Season

by September 15, 2015

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Iconic sideline reporter Craig Sager suffered a setback after his celebrated return to television in 2014-15, but he says that he’ll back on the job next season.

Sager, 64, feels good after undergoing treatments for leukemia and plans to work not just NBA games for TNT but also the Rio Olympics next summer.

Sager says that he needs to grow his hair back before appearing on TV again.

Per Click 2 Houston (via Awful Announcing):

Cancer hasn’t changed his sense of style or love for life. In fact, living is the reason he made his own game plan and packed up for MD Anderson in May, leaving behind work and family in Atlanta. […] In his battle against cancer he underwent chemotherapy, went into remission, relapsed, had transplant surgery and another round of chemo. He’s lost his hair and 50 pounds, but his “Sagervision” keeps him focused on getting better and back at it.


“I’ve got a 9-year-old and a 10-year-old, too, so I’ve got the three older ones and two younger ones,” Sager said. “I’ve got a lot of work to do.” […] His son Craig Sager Jr. was a perfect match for a transplant, which is rare, He’s been improving since that surgery in July.


“I said, ‘The NBA season starts Oct. 27, what are my chances?’ He goes, ‘Oh they’re good!'” the elder Sager said of the conversation he had with his MD Anderson doctor. […] “I said one more, ‘What about the Olympics next summer in Rio?’ He said, ‘No brainer! I said yes! Yes!'”