Gregg Popovich Shares His Thoughts on the Passing of Craig Sager (Video)

By footbasket
Dec. 16, 2016

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Legendary NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager unfortunately passed away at age 65 on Thursday, sending shockwaves across the basketball world. 

One person who definitely had a history with the TNT reporter was San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who always gave Sager a hard time during their sideline interviews. 

Popovich had been pretty generous as of late in his interviews with Sager, who had been battling leukemia. Prior to the Spurs' matchup with the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, Popovich only talked about Sager. 

His full quote: "On a day like this basketball has to take a back seat. As we all think about somebody who was very unique, very special. Whether you really knew Craig or not, you got the feeling he was a special person in a lot of different ways, and right now I just feel for his family. To talk about him being a professional and good at what he did is a tremendous understatement. All of us who knew him understood that that fact was — what he was all about as far as work was concerned — but he was a way better person than he was a worker, even though he was amazing in that regard. He loved people, he enjoyed pregame, during game, postgame, he loved all the people around it an everybody felt that. The most amain g part of him is his courage, what he’s endured and the fight that he’s put up the courage that he’s displayed during the situation is beyond my comprehension. If any of us can display half the courage he has to stay on this planet, to live every life as if it’s his last, we’d be well off. We all miss him very much."

Powerful.

 -- Josh Dhani