As long as Craig Sager has been interviewing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, their interactions have formed a kind of satirical performance art. Sager, smiling widely in his garish suits, spits out earnest questions, and Pop knocks them down with villainous sarcasm. And somehow these non-interviews are reliably some of the most compelling moments of the broadcast.
Now, Sager is sick with leukemia, but pin-maker Patti Lapel has found a way to honor both the sideline reporter and his adversary. On Tuesday, the company released an image of a pin that shows Popovich with his arm around a microphone-wielding Sager.
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The pins cost $10 each, and 15 percent of all proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The pin appears to be based on the pair’s emotional interview in December, when Popovich congratulated Sager on returning to the sideline after undergoing chemotherapy, put his hand on the reporter’s shoulder and pronounced “This is the first time I’ve enjoyed doing this ridiculous interview we’re required to do. It’s because you’re here and you’re back with us.”
Popovich also professed his adoration for Sager in a bonus clip on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
Popovich and Sager have about as loving a relationship as two television adversaries can have, and this pin captures it brilliantly.