Longtime NBA broadcaster Craig Sager died on Thursday at the age of 65 following a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia. In a career that spanned five decades, the affable reporter, who was known for his colorful sport coats, covered everything from the NBA Finals to Hank Aaron’s 715th home run. On Tuesday, he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Former and current athletes, as well as a few celebrities, took to social media to express their sadness over Sager’s passing.
the sports world lost a legend today. rest in peace Mr. Craig Sager
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) December 15, 2016
Craig Sagar was there when I crossed the plate for #715 & has been a friend ever since.I thought the world of him & he will be sorely missed
— Hank Aaron (@HenryLouisAaron) December 15, 2016
— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) December 15, 2016
RIP Mr Craig Sager. Gone but never forgotten
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 15, 2016
All my thoughts to Craig Sager's family. Thanks for your positive energy and crazy suits. #RIP
— Boris Diaw (@theborisdiaw) December 15, 2016
— Leandro Barbosa (@TheBlurBarbosa) December 15, 2016
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) December 15, 2016
Rest In Peace Craig Sager ??
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) December 15, 2016
Long Live Craig. We love you! Rest in Paradise
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) December 15, 2016
Rest in peace Craig Sager! ??:(
— Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager… It's a very sad day for the @NBA family.
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager, Thanks for everything you have given to the game ?#SagerStrong
— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) December 15, 2016
— Chris Paul (@CP3) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager. Class act. You will be missed.
— Jerome Bettis (@JeromeBettis36) December 15, 2016
— John Cena (@JohnCena) December 15, 2016
— Tamika Catchings (@Catchin24) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager #Legend
— Waka Flocka (@WakaFlocka) December 15, 2016
R.I.P Craig Sager !! You will always be with us You brought fans closer to the game in a fun way..humanizing coaches, fashion, wit, LEGEND!
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) December 15, 2016
Craig Sager brought so much enthusiasm to the NBA game. But his fight to the end is what really impressed me. RIP to an inspiring man.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) December 15, 2016
— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) December 15, 2016
Extending my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Craig Sager. May he rest in peace #SagerStrong
— Matt Ryan (@M_Ryan02) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager
Prayers up ??
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 15, 2016
Damn man. RIP to Craig Sager. U will always b remember. Prayers and condolences go out to his family.
— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) December 15, 2016
RIP Sager… Was always great to see him arriving at work! Left his mark on the game! Rest up
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) December 15, 2016
The sports community lost a great one today. Rest In Peace Craig Sager. #RIPSager
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) December 15, 2016
Rest easy Craig ???????? pic.twitter.com/GMoTA6E5gM
— John Lucas III (@Luke1luk) December 15, 2016
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) December 15, 2016