R.I.P Craig Sager

Through popularity and sickness, Craig Sager was always humble, hard-working reporter .……

Craig Sager was always in on the joke. That’s what you liked about him. He was the guy that found the prop­er bal­ance between tak­ing his job seri­ous­ly but nev­er him­self. The kind of per­son you want­ed to be around.

That’s why Sager worked so well with Marv Albert and Charles Barkley, the res­i­dent wise guys at Turner Sports who made Sager and his col­or­ful out­fits the butt of the count­less jokes for near­ly two decades.

When Howard Cosell was at the height of his pop­u­lar­i­ty, hav­ing him and ABC’s Monday Night Football in your city meant it was a big event. Sager and his wardrobe did the same for the NBA and TNT on Thursday’s.

Craig Sager always took his job seriously, earning respect of his peers and around the NBA.

We were seat­ed next to each oth­er in Boston near­ly 10 years when an irate Knicks fan — is there any oth­er kind? — threw his jer­sey onto the court once the Celtics extend­ed their lead to 50. Sager looked at me, smiled, and said that it may be a while “before the Knicks are back on TNT again.”

Sports world reacts to the loss of TNT’s NBA reporter Craig Sager

He under­stood that the job was about enter­tain­ment and pre­sen­ta­tion,” said his long-time col­league and friend Scooter Vertino. “Craig nev­er lost sight of that.”

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NBA play­ers show their appre­ci­a­tion for Sager at the ESPY awards ear­li­er this year. (CHRIS PIZZELLO/​CHRIS PIZZELLO/​INVISION/​AP)

Vertino was a field pro­duc­er when he first met Sager 21 years ago, a kid try­ing to make a name in the busi­ness while learn­ing from an estab­lished reporter. Read more here : http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/craig-sager-humble-hard-working-reporter-article‑1.2912379