Craig Sager to Miss 2016 Rio Olympics to Continue Leukemia Treatment

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 28, 2016

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 16:  TNT sports reporter Craig Sager walks on the court following game one of the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 16, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Thunder defeated the Warriors 108-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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NBC Sports announced Thursday that veteran sports reporter Craig Sager will miss the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to ongoing treatment for leukemia.

The announcement said Sager will receive a third bone marrow transplant at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Sager, 65, won the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at this year's ESPYs in honor of his courage in the face of leukemia and how he's continued to work whenever possible in spite of the illness.

Initially diagnosed in April 2014, Sager's most recent high-profile job entailed working for ESPN at Game 6 of this year's NBA Finals. He covered the Western Conference Finals as well, and the TNT crew wore "Sager Strong" socks in his honor for Game 4 of that series.

Sager has covered basketball for Turner Sports for more than 20 years. His Olympics coverage for NBC Sports began in 2000 at the Sydney Games. 

Although his cancer subsided multiple times, Sager announced on HBO in March that his leukemia was no longer in remission, which marked the third time he had to undergo treatment for the disease.


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