Craig Sager, the Turner Sports basketball sideline reporter known for his loud blazers, is being treated for acute leukemia and won’t work during the upcoming NBA playoffs, according to his son.
Craig Sager II tweeted Thursday night that a three- to four-week treatment for his father was to start Friday.
“Be thinking of him & let’s get him back on the sidelines soon,” his son tweeted.
Sager II wrote that his father was told on Tuesday by doctors that he was “leukemia free,” then they “hit us with the gut check” two days later.
The elder Sager, 62, who lives near Atlanta, covers a variety of sports for Turner networks, but is known primarily for his work on NBA telecasts – as well as his usually bright and always outrageous suits.
In response to well-wishers, Sager II tweeted: “We’ll be watching lots of basketball together these playoffs. And it’s more time for him to brainstorm some new outfits.”
Sager has covered the NBA for Turner Sports for more than 20 years. He broke into television in 1972 as a reporter for what is now WWSB-TV in Sarasota.
TNT’s coverage of the NBA playoffs begins Sunday.