Craig Sager received devastating news this week, announcing his cancer was no longer in remission.

Sager has built quite a rapport with coaches and players around the NBA during his decades-long career, and during tonight’s Chicago Bulls-New York Knicks broadcast, ESPN’s Mike Breen and Knicks head coach Kurt Rambis sent a message of support to the longtime sideline reporter.

Rambis and Breen didn’t opt for a traditional between-quarter interview, instead sending out the following message to Sager.

“We’ve decided rather than me ask an inane question, we’re going to send our best wishes to our good friend and colleague Craig Sager,” said Breen. “Sags, we want to say we miss you, keep fighting old buddy and we can’t wait to see you when you come back.”

“Craig, I hope you know how much the entire NBA family and all of its fans miss you and we need you to be a part of this,” said Rambis. “Stay strong and keep fighting the good fight. I’d much rather be standing here next to you than him.”

The segment was sweet, heartfelt and something I’m sure many around the NBA and broadcasting world echo. Sager is a legend, and to see him sidelined again is awful. Hopefully, he can defy odds and return to the sidelines soon.

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