As a San Antonio Spurs fan for over a decade, I’ve been afforded to witness the beauty of who Craig Sager aspired to be on and off the court. From quirky interviews with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and every superstar in the league, Sager has been the premier sideline reporter over the last three decades. He was the real GOAT.
Sager’s infectious personality and style have made its way into a variety of sports. From pro baseball and football, college football, tennis, golf and soccer to even the Olympics. Although he was great in each of these endeavors, his home will always remain in the NBA.
As a kid, I remember watching Michael Jordan dominate every team. My eyes were glued to the television simply waiting for His Greatness to talk after the game. And more often than not, this bright-colored-suit-wearing-man came onto the screen to give us some of the most memorable sideline interviews in basketball history. I remember asking my dad “What’s wrong with his outfit. It seems a bit bright, doesn’t it?”
Sager pushed the boundaries of individuality and brought that much enthusiasm back to the game when it was needed most. He will be remembered for his outrageous getups and humbling personality, but his will and bold determination to never give up during his battle with acute myeloid leukemia has inspired a nation.
Upon hearing the news of Sager’s passing, Zappos resident artist Miguel Hernandez felt the need to honor the beautiful and colorful life he lived. We hope this mural will continue to inspire those who see it. In the words of Sager: “Time is simply how you live your life."
Here at Zappos, we’ll continue to be #SagerStrong.