Inspirational NBA Reporter Craig Sager Gets Sports Illustrated Cover (Pic)

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NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager has always been well-liked among NBA players, coaches, and fans, and it’s not hard to understand why. Sager is a nice guy, he’s great at his job, and his wardrobe is off the charts.

However, ever since he was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago, Sager has gone from a well-liked sideline reporter to a beloved and revered NBA icon. Why? Because no matter his circumstances, no matter how dire the prognosis, Sager has remained hopeful and positive.

Now he’s on the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated as the subject of a fantastic piece by Lee Jenkins.

As you may know, Sager was recently told by doctors that his leukemia had returned and he probably had just a few more months to live. However, Sager responded by saying he had the best medical care in the world and he wasn’t ready to give up yet. And since then he’s continued to work a regular schedule, which should be impossible given the aggressive treatment he’s undergoing.

The SI cover story fleshes this out a bit more. In it, Sager’s doctor, Naveen Pemmaraju, calls Sager’s battle “almost miraculous.”

“What he’s doing has danger. It has risk,” Pemmaraju explains. “Then again, we talk a lot about the mental aspect. Where do you go for your inspiration, for your drive? For him, it’s this job. If he can’t do it, then that could be harmful too.”

That certainly is Sager’s philosophy.

“Am I naive?” Sager asks. “Maybe. Am I in denial? No. I know the severity. But I have faith. I have support. I have hope. Hope is as important as breath.”

Raise your hand if you want to be like Craig Sager when you grow up?

Hat Tip – [Sports Illustrated]

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