On Sunday afternoon, NBA fans got to witness an incredible moment on the court prior to the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs match up in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who has had some hilarious interviews with Craig Sager throughout the years, was interviewed by Sager’s son, Craig Jr., before giving a heartfelt message to the camera urging Sager to fight through his leukemia diagnosis and return to the court. You can watch the video by clicking here.
It was great to see the interview live, but it turns out that was not initially the plan.
TNT had planned for Sager Jr. to sit down with Popovich before the game for a pre-recorded interview, but the Spurs coach said it should go down after the first quarter just like his dad would do it.
Sager Jr. shared the news on Twitter.
Arrived this morning to do a taped interview with Pop. He goes no, we’re doing this live 3rd qtr just like your Dad. pic.twitter.com/RPAwIt7tvR
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 20, 2014
It was such a classy move from Popovich and it surely meant a lot to Sager and his family. If it did anything to lift Sager’s spirits, it was an overwhelming success.
Like Popovich, we would like to wish Sager the best and can’t wait to see him back on the court.