A popular TV announcer is in a battle for his life as he struggles against an aggressive cancer. The AP reports that Craig Sager, known for his flashy wardrobe and his easy manner around the NBA’s top players, is facing long odds.
“TNT’s beloved basketball broadcaster received a rare third bone marrow transplant on Wednesday to fight an aggressive form of leukemia,” the story reports. “The 65-year-old Sager has battled acute myeloid leukemia since 2014 and announced in March he was no longer in remission.”
The report adds: “Sager has twice received a bone marrow transplant with stem cells and each time he went into remission for several months. His son, Craig Sager II, was the donor. This time, an anonymous 20-year-old donor was considered a perfect match.”
Sager was reportedly optimistic, saying: “I like to gamble. I like to bet on horses, I like to bet on dogs, I like to bet on a lot of things. I’ve bet on a lot of things with a lot higher odds than this.”
The latest procedure, one of almost 100 procedures Sager has had during his battle with cancer, was performed at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and took more than 10 hours.