Longtime Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager said in an interview for Tuesday's episode of HBO's Real Sports that doctors informed him in February he was no longer in remission from leukemia.
HBO posted a trailer for the episode Monday in which Sager discussed the "uncharted waters" he's currently facing:
On Tuesday, Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated passed along part of the transcript of the interview:
In Real Sports profile, Craig Sager says he's "fighting to the end" after doctors gave him "3-6 months" diagnosis pic.twitter.com/J725uNfbF9— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 22, 2016
Sager, 64, was initially diagnosed with leukemia in April 2014 but went into remission and returned to work covering the NBA in March 2015. The cancer resurfaced last spring but went into remission a second time in October, allowing Sager to work the 2015-16 NBA season opener.
Dan Devine of Yahoo Sports reported Monday a Turner Sports spokesperson told him Sager will continue his duties for the NBA on TNT broadcasts.
It appears Sager is intent on continuing to live his life how he desires and isn't backing down from the latest leukemia setback, as he told HBO correspondent Bernard Goldberg in the interview:
Still kicking, still fighting. I haven't won the battle. It's not over yet. But I haven't lost it, either. There have been some victories and some setbacks, but I still have to fight it. I still have a lot of work to do.
Sager also indicated in the Real Sports interview he's received two stem cell transplants and added that patients seldom have a third one.
Per Devine, Sager's upcoming work schedule features March 29's game between the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors, a Chicago Bulls-Houston Rockets contest on March 31 and an April 7 showdown between the Bulls and the Miami Heat.