Amidst an all-time exciting first-round series, the only thing that was missing was the charismatic, ‘well-dressed’ Craig Sager. Announced right before the playoffs began, the world was informed that the world’s favorite sideline reported would miss majority of the playoffs due to cancer.
Weeks later, Sager has provided us an update through Bleacher Report on his recovery. Here are some of his words to describe the experience:
To be honest, I haven’t thought of the reception for my first game back. I still don’t know when I’ll return to the sidelines because I might need a bone marrow transplant after I get out of the hospital in a week-and-a-half. But when that time comes, I’ll be ready to go.
Marv Albert had a funny comment when he was here visiting. He said, “I was talking to Steve Kerr and he was saying it’s getting kind of annoying at all these games where everybody keeps asking about where you are.” He said, “When you get back, there may be a time where you go into one of these arenas and you may get a standing ovation—and that could be pretty obnoxious.” And I said, joking, “Well, thanks Marv.” I don’t care where they send me or what—just the sooner, the better. I appreciate everything that’s come my way recently and can’t wait to get back.
via Craig Sager, in His Own Words, Inside His Recovery and the NBA World He Misses | Bleacher Report
As fans of the game, whether praising his questions mid-quarter, laughing at the way Gregg Popovich treats him, or taking a stab at his hysterical outfits, it just doesn’t fill the same without the best sideline reported in basketball doing his daily job during the greatest time of the season. As he mentioned, it’s unclear when he’ll return, but the world will be waiting whether it’s Game 3 during the semi-finals or Game 1 of the NBA Finals.