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Sideline reporter Sager battles leukemia

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Longtime TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager is undergoing leukemia treatment and will miss the NBA playoffs.

His illness was first announced Thursday night by his family on Twitter. Sager, known for his colorful suits, started working as a reporter for CNN in 1981.

Sager said Friday in a statement released by Turner Sports that the playoffs are “my favorite time of year — city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights. A dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes.”

He retained his sense of humor, joking about his in-game interviews with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who often offers little information.

“Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop,” Sager said.

Sager was notified Tuesday that he was cancer-free but then was told that it was a mistake, his son, Craig Jr., said on Twitter.

“They apologized and hit us with the gut check,” he tweeted.

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