Popovich on Craig Sager: “The most amazing part of him is his courage” (VIDEO)
Gregg Popovich had a long history of giving TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager a hard time during San Antonio Spurs games. The pair were always friendly, and Sager was perhaps the person best suited to handle the often-prickly Popovich.
That said, Pop has been generously outgoing when it came to Sager as of late, as the 30-year TNT veteran battled leukemia.
On Thursday, Sager lost his battle with the disease at age 65, much to the dismay of his family, the NBA, and basketball fans around the globe who knew of him or know of his goodness.
Before the Spurs took on Suns on Thursday night, Popovich took media questions in the hallway -- as coaches do before a game -- but basketball was not discussed.
Powerful stuff from Popovich, whose relationship with Sager was one of the more special public relationships we’ve seen between a coach and reporter.
The full quote is below.